10,000 people in Tin Can Bay for Seafood Festival
A CROWD of between 8000 and 10,000 converged on the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival last weekend where among the highlights was a fiercely contested mullet throwing competition.
Organisers said yesterday they were delighted and proud of the success of the day.
"The Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival is a Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce event and Cameron and I as organsers are very happy with how the day went," said committee member Elise Henderson.
"It makes all the months of planning and sleepless nights worth it when we hear great feedback like we have. When a stranger walks up to you and thanks you for making it such a wonderful day it encourages us to do more and even better for next year.
"The sun shone brightly, perhaps a little too bright, so next year we are looking to add more seating and shade to the event.
"After each event we look at what we can do to make the next year even better.
"If the day is a success then it makes all those stressful days and nights well worth it.
"We'd like to thank all of our sponsors especially the Gympie Regional Council, The Gympie Times and Bernards Pertrolum. Without sponsors and our amazing volunteers this day could not go ahead. We are already in planning mode the the New Year's Eve festival, it will as usual be bigger and better than the year before."
Rebecca Reibel and Yvonne Jensen where the driving force behind the mascots at the festival.
"They deserve special recognition," Elise said.
"There will be a couple of new ones next year so keep an eye out to see what we'll be adding. We also have a few more ideas for next year and with more sponsorship these ideas can come to fruition.
"We had more hands to help set up and pack up than ever before which has been an enormous help to both Cameron and myself. "
"We feel that the Seafood Festival is a great way to showcase our area, the place we not only call home but also love to live and work in. The festival brings in huge crowds every year, we estimate 8000-10,000 came this year.
"The Selfie competition was another new addition this year and we intend on continuing this as a new tradition. The winner of our first selfie comp was first time attendee and local baby Kalani Dickfos.
"We watched the weather forecast every day for two weeks leading up to the event praying that the sun would be out and shining down on us and we weren't disappointed in the least."