Thousands turn out to enjoy festival full of fun
Nathan De La Roche and Eszter Kiss give Gympie the thumbs up as they celebrate being at the Valley’s Mary River Festival on the weekend.
KANDANGA turned on the good weather for this year’s Mary River Festival and the eighth anniversary of the announcement by the then-minister for Environment Peter Garrett of the ‘No Dam’ decision.
Festival organisers were very happy with the turnout of close to 2000 people, who made the most of a large range of activities, especially those with children.
Enormously popular was Martin Fingland with his animals in Gecko’s Wildlife, where attendees got to see all six turtle species of the Mary River in one place.
Those with more of an educational interest had plenty to listen to in the Yabba Yarning Speakers Tent, with a range of presenters on many topics, like frogs, koalas, recycling and more.
There were numerous environmental displays, including the Fish Stock Association with its display of the tilapia pest fish and the young endangered Mary River cod.
Noosa Landcare planted more than 300 trees on the banks of the Kandanga Creek, which will be admired for generations to come while also improving the health of the riparian section of the creek.
The results of the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee Spring in the Mary photo competition were announced late in the afternoon. Organisers said it was their largest photo competition to date with an excellent standard of entries.
A wide range of musical tastes was catered for from the start at noon to the finish at 8pm.
The lantern parade saw the iconic Mary River cod and the Mary River turtle, along with the eastern curlew and the dolphin, being paraded by enthusiastic community members.
The evening finished with a stunning laser show by SkyFall Entertainment and the sounds of All Strings Attached.
Festival co-ordinator Glenda Pickersgil said she was delighted with the many positive comments about this year’s festival and was very appreciative of the Gympie Regional Council’s efforts to make the site safer and a more enjoyable festival experience for the community.
“The site was looking its best and will evolve into a wonderful community reserve,” she said.
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT: Terry the Great Juggler Extraordinaire thrilled the crowd at Saturday’s Mary River Festival at Kandanga.
The drumming workshop set its own beat.