WHAT'S ON TODAY
1: Rush Concert
THE team behind Rush have pulled out all the stops to celebrate Gympie’s big 150th birthday.
Albert Park is the place to be this afternoon, with the biggest and best line-up the Rush Concert has ever produced.
Starting from 4pm, expect to see acts including Thirsty Merc, The Black Sorrows and of course headline Jimmy Barnes.
Emceed by John Fleming and Frank Woodley, we can think of no better way to celebrate such a milestone.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from rushfestival.com.au.
Gates open at 3pm for a 4pm start.
2: The G150 Street Party
WHEN: TODAY FROM 9.30AM
Where: Mary St
Before Albert Park transforms for a super-sized Rush Festival concert this afternoon, there’s plenty more to see and do as Gympie celebrates 150 years.
Starting at 9.30 this morning, the event features live music from artists including Kaitlin Grace, Emma Beau and Jacob Lee.
At 10.40am, beards take centre stage as hirsute fellows compete for the title of best scruff in Gympie at Nashy’s Big Beard Bonanza.
For those with a love of pageantry and 50s fashion, the inaugural Pincurls and Petticoats event will begin from 11.45am as 12 women from Gympie and beyond strut their stuff.
3: Nelson Reserve Family Fun Day
WHEN: TODAY FROM 11AM Where: Nelson Reserve The Family Fun day at Nelson Reserve will have something for every age group, more food, more market stalls, more movement, more colour and best of all more excitement.
It starts at 11am with classic cars and bikes on display in the Autobarn Car and Bike Classic.
There will also be live entertainment from the Rock-a-Billy Band Zed 28 on the Sound Shell stage.
After the presentation of trophies to the winners in each category, classic car and bike owners will head off to the Civic Centre in Mellor St to assemble for the Gold Rush Street Parade.
It promises to be the biggest and best yet, with heaps of giveaways for young and old, great music, colour and festivity.
There will be free rides and slides for the kids at the RSL Eureka Fun Zone in the park from 2pm until 6pm and live entertainment on stage at the Sound Shell will continue after the parade.
4: The Gold Rush Street Parade
WHEN: TODAY FROM 3PM Where: Mary St
The Velmec Automotive Gold Rush Street Parade starts at 3pm at the top of Mary St.
Assembly point is the Civic Centre car park from 2.30pm.
The National Servicemen’s Memorial Band from Gallipoli Barracks will lead this year’s parade, and there will be two other visiting pipe and drum bands, as well as Irish band The Feds performing on the back of a vintage truck in The Gympie Times float.
A Lion Dance performance will add another dimension to our celebrations, with an appearance from the 5th Light Horse Regiment Gympie Troop as well as camels in the mix among all the magical floats guaranteed to entertain little ones.
5: Follow the Lights WHEN: TOMORROW FROM 6.30PM
Where: Begins in Gympie Town Centre
Experience the centre of Gympie like it’s never been seen before, with a self-guided walk through town from the nights of October 15, 16 and 17.
The walk will feature public art, painted pianos, UV art displays, music, street art and projections on walls, windows and buildings.
It all begins tomorrow from 6.30pm.
PRIMED: Thirsty Merc will take to the Rush Festival stage tonight. PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST