New theme for this year’s Win­ter­moon

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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