10,000 drop into Roma week­end fes­ti­val

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THE 41st Roma Easter in the Coun­try fes­ti­val has been hailed as a huge suc­cess, draw­ing in 10,000 peo­ple to the Mara­noa re­gion from all over Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The fes­ti­val kicked off Thurs­day evening with celebrity chef Matt Golin­ski’s Out­back Tucker Un­der the Stars, with 210 peo­ple at­tend­ing the Roma sa­le­yards for the three­course din­ner.

Roma’s Easter in the Coun­try com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Jenny Flynn said the event was a fab­u­lous suc­cess and the weather was per­fect, giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty of the bush.

“Tick­ets sold out two weeks be­fore the event and ev­ery­one who at­tended en­joyed the mag­nif­i­cent cook­ing of Matt Golin­ski,” Ms Flynn said.

Ms Flynn also said this year’s fes­ti­val ran “per­fectly smoothly” thanks to the 1000 vol­un­teers from Roma who helped out across the 30 events in one way or an­other.

An im­pres­sive 31 floats made their way down McDowall St on Satur­day morn­ing, with more than 1000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the mon­ster Easter pa­rade.

“The street pa­rade was also a sen­sa­tional suc­cess and it is one of the few towns and fes­ti­vals that still re­tain the old-style street pa­rade and that is a good pro­mo­tion of the Roma com­mu­nity spirit,” Ms Flynn said.

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