New theme for this year’s Wintermoon
MARK Shepherd-Smith, better known as “Sheps”, has been taking his family to Wintermoon for the past seven or eight years.
Every year the “Sheps” clan like to have a bit of fun with the event and this year they stepped it up a notch.
“We usually do a fun theme – one year it was funny hats and one year we did wigs – and this year we’ve gone with the Op-Shop oldies dress-up theme,” he said.
The Shepherd-Smiths were joined this year by about 12 other Whitsunday families, all camping in the same area and all embracing the theme.
There were ladies in nighties with rollers in their hair, men with braces, pressed trousers and dress-up hats – plus plenty of interaction with other festival-goers and numerous questions asked.
“Maybe it’ll catch on and one day they’ll have a theme for the whole festival,” Mr Shepherd-Smith laughed.
Of course there were plenty of others who enjoyed the annual event without changing out of their normal clothes.
For Tom Doland, his wife Kaz and their children Josh- ua, 12, Oscar, 10, and Ella, 9, it was a chance to escape from the daily grind.
“To be able to chill out for three days without your mobile phone going off – it’s awesome. You never get to do that,” Mr Doland said
The Dolands said the music was another big drawcard, pointing to the Floating Bridges and the Fat Cigars as their favourite 2015 acts.
While organisers have celebrated this year as the first for sell-out camping sites, this was just at the Top Camp and St Helen’s creek.
Stony Creek, which has previously operated with a shuttle bus between the camp ground and the main site, was opened to only a limited number of campers – leading to a more relaxed atmosphere than in previous years.
“It’s seemed quieter this year – a bit scaled down,” Mrs Doland said.
“(But) it’s a very special atmosphere and it’s brilliant family time,” Mr Doland said.
MUSICAL MAGIC: The Royal High Jinx was one of the many bands who kept the Wintermoon crowds entertained this year.
Kellie Chart, Antonella Gigliotti, Chantal Burrows, Michelle Tatterson, Robert Mackenzie, Kylie Shepherd-Smith, Sera Armitage and Grant Burrows (back) and Brett Tatterson, Kevin Fancke, Mark ‘Shep’ Shepherd-Smith, Dave Finlay, Jay Angel and Dean Armitage (front), made a real impression at this year’s Wintermoon with their op shop oldies theme.
WARM GLOW: Fire twirlers perform in front of the main stage at Wintermoon on Saturday night.