THE Cooktown Discovery Festival is on track to “get back to the good old days” of huge crowds non-stop action.
With new coordinator Bronwyn Sieverding and a fresh line-up of events, the annual festival is once again expected to draw crowds of up to 10,000 people over the June long weekend.
Ms Sieverding, a local mother-of-four, put her hand up to run the festival, which was in danger of being cancelled and is aiming to spice up the program with some new events to compliment the festival favourites.
Country music legend Pat Drummond will not only perform, but also take part in various events throughout the whole weekend.
“We’re big Pat Drummond fans, and when I rang his record label, he actually answered the phone and agreed to come up for the whole weekend and do whatever we wanted him to, so we have him performing across the three days, as well as guest judging and a host of other stuff,” Ms Sieverding said.
The local hotels have also come to the party to provide a festive atmosphere.
“There is the wet t-shirt and jock competition, truck pull and tug-o-war, live bands into the wee hours, karaoke and heaps more held at the pubs for all the drinkers,” Ms Sieverding said.
The street will be closed during the day to allow festival events such as the truck pull, tug-o-war and grand parade to take over the town’s historical main street.
There is also plenty on the program to keep youngsters, seniors and everyone in between entertained - including a sideshow alley, bellydancing, fireworks, workshops, botanical garden tours, a family movie night and film festival, gold delivery, obstacle race, banana and pasta eating and heaps more.
“There are all the popular favourites from past festivals, such as the truck pull, wet t-shirt, billy kart race, fun run and of course, the re-enactment of Captain Cook’s landing at the Endeavour River, as well as new events, with thousands of dollars in prizemoney, like the volunteer organisation obstacle race, busking competition and hopefully an official world record bananaeating attempt.”
For more information, including the full 2012 program and photo gallery from past festivals, visit www.cooktowndiscoveryfestival.com.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ms Sieverding on 0467 058 731.