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Full steam ahead for Aus Day

GYMPIE'S Australia Day celebrations will be full steam ahead today, come rain, hail or shine.

Gympie Historical Society secretary Ralph Richardson said today that the day of family fun activities planned for the Gold Mining and Historical Museum at the Monkland would be slightly modified to accommodate the weather, but organisers would salvage what they could, no matter what the rain ended up doing.

The day starts with a big breakfast at 7am, followed by demonstrations and displays of historic vehicles including classic speedway cars and engines.

Mr Richardson said a final decision on some attractions affected by the weather would be made early this morning, but if the rain "holds off" for the early part of today everything "should be good".

"The worse thing will be if we have another two inches of rain in the morning - but I don't think that is going to happen," he said.

"We can still run the rides and some of the machinery has been put undercover."

Events planned for tomorrow include a light horse display, art, model train set, wooden toys and entertainment by Gympie's talent until early in the afternoon.

Participants who bring and demonstrate an historic item will receive a free breakfast and free museum entry.

Billy tea and damper will be provided by the Imbil scout group, and food, drinks and a sausage sizzle will be available from the museum cafe.

Other attractions include a town crier, flag raising and firing of the cannon at 9.30am.

The grand parade will take place at 11.30am weather permitting.

Throughout the day there will be children's entertainment, jumping castle, miniature railway, merry-go-round, Glenwood Flyer, merchandise and raffles.

Gympie Times


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