PORT Douglas Carnivale is turning 20 and to celebrate this milestone this year’s Carnivale is set to be the biggest one yet, aimed at not only offering the favourites but bringing in some new events to keep things fresh and offer more.
Carnivale 2014 will be held across 10 days from May 16 to 25 and will likely see more than 20,000 people from around Australia converge on the region for the festivities.
This year’s program will see events and activities such as the first Yabusame tournament to be held outside of Japan, which will take place at the Family Beach Day.
Yabusame, Japanese archery on horseback, will bring a lot of attention to Carnivale, as fully trained archers and horses will hit Four Mile Beach for some fierce competition, followed closely by last year’s addition medieval jousting which is back by popular demand.
Another newbie to the arrangement is the Carnivale Garden Games, another spectacular day of good old fashioned family fun, with games such as giant darts, giant jenga and bocce just to name a few in Rex Smeal Park.
The Garden Games is set to become an annual event so the winners will be able to defend their titles every year and gain the ultimate bragging rights.
Port Village Shopping Centre will play host to the Street Art and Music Festival which will run from Monday to Friday 11am-7pm where each day buskers, performers and artists will sing and dance their way through the centre for the enjoyment of crowds and the chance to be titled the Carnivale 2014 Street Per- former of the Year.
Carnivale general manager Roy Weavers said the 20-year anniversary will be a huge celebration and a pat on the back for the Douglas region.
‘‘There is such an air of positivity this year,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone wants to celebrate, and there is so much to celebrate this year all over.
‘‘From the new council, all the plans around town from the Marina to the Sheraton and the fact it’s 20 years since Carnivale began.
‘‘I am determined with these new events to kill of any negativity around Carnivale and offer something for everyone.
‘‘I’ve also changed the event sponsorship emphasis of previous years from trying to establish a major big money sponsor for each calendar event to offering a lot of smaller opportunities to a lot more local businesses.
‘‘ These shared sponsorships now start at just $550 which I hope alleviates any pressure on marketing budgets which I know are always over-stretched.’’
There are some great sponsorship options available to businesses looking for maximise exposure, especially with Yabusame, which will likely receive national television coverage.
Options include having one of the horses named after you or your business for only $550, and with commentary on television, it sounds like a winner.
Alternatively, a back cloth and target where archers will be shooting and where all eyes will be looking for maximum coverage is available for just over $1000.