Festival to celebrate Mary

STORYTELLING, environmental products, art, good music, children's activities and community spirit - it is all there at the Mary River Festival in Kandanga on Saturday.

Now in its fourth year, the festival is becoming a must-attend community event on the calendar of those who recognise the importance of the Mary River and its catchment especially as it recently won the Arts Queensland inaugural Regional Arts and Culture Award for Building Strong Communities.

The event will be held at Kandanga Recreation Ground (Spicer's Oval) with performances starting at noon and going through to 8pm.

The day will start with planting trees on the banks of the Kandanga Creek beside the recreational ground from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The main stage will kick off at noon with a line-up of musicians including Barry Charles and the Deep Beat, The Flumes, The Floating Bridges, The Pleasure Kings, The Asa Broomhall Band, Tapper Girls and much more.

A variety of food and market stalls, demonstrations and community information will circle the grounds, as well as workshops in weaving, lino-block printing, hula hoops and juggling and circus skills.

As there will be an emphasis on the environment, there will be many environmental displays from community groups and businesses and demonstrations of worm farming, eco-dyeing on paper and bicycle maintenance.

For the third year, the popular Gecko Man with his amazing display of reptiles will entertain and surprise visitors.

For those who would like to take home a memento of the occasion, artist Bob Gammage will be back to complete a painting of the event on site and then auction it off after the parade.

Local woodcarver Keith Gall will be completing a woodcarving at the festival also to be auctioned.

At the Kandanga Hall, a short walk from the festival site, there will be a display from several art groups from along the river and the results of an art-in-nature school competition.

The Eco-Rainbow Show will be colourfully entertaining children throughout the day and providing the fire event for the twilight parade.

And not to be missed is the awe-inspiring solar-powered laser show, an exciting experience to be part of and worth staying on for.

It's a terrific way of celebrating our communities along the river.

Entry is by gold coin which makes it a low-cost family event.

Inquiries to Joolie Gibbs on 5481 0732.

Gympie Times


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