Sun shines on parade
THE golden sun shone on this year’s Gold Rush parade as more than 40 floats travelled up Gympie’s main street.
But look out for next year’s event, Gold Rush president Jan Collins said, as it would be “bigger and better” than this year.
She said this year’s festival had a lot of community support, from the massive amount of entrants in the art competition to the people who turned out for Saturday’s parade and party.
The best school float was won by James Nash State High School, while best business prize went to Toyworld, which also won the best decorated shopfront accolade.
And the best community float went to the Qetesh School of Belly Dance.
Gympie police led the procession, followed by Gold Rush ambassadors and runners-up and the rest of the floats, which included hot rods and Jabrita drummers.
Later local musician Claire Quinn won Saturday’s Battle of the Bands competition.
A magical fireworks display topped off the week-long celebration that commemorated Gympie’s birthday and the first time gold was found in the region.
Planning will start this month for next year’s Gold Rush and committee members are keen to invite new faces and new ideas.
To download a membership from or contact the committee visit www.goldrush.org.au