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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


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

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