Fes­ti­val re­vamped

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

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 info@cook­towndis­cov­eryfes­ti­val.com.au or phone Ms Sieverd­ing on 0467 058 731.

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