Fun festival for 150 adventurous Probus fans
FOUR days, almost 150 guests and a sense of adventure marked last week's Wide Bay Probus Fun Fest.
The annual event is hosted by different Wide Bay centres and for the seventh year, Gympie Probus Club had the honours.
Organiser Maurie Wright was overjoyed with the event's success and a busy schedule of activities.
"A lot of people stayed in Gympie using accommodation, so it was a real plus for the area," he said.
"We had people from all over; as far away as Kawana Waters and Brisbane."
The fun started Thursday night with a function at the Gympie Pines Golf Club. Guests introduced themselves to each other and friendships were made.
The next day, it was a trip to the Gympie Mining Museum and lunch at the Lake Alford Recreation Area.
Friday afternoon was a trip to the Robertson Brothers Sawmill - a working sawmill that captured the imagination of the visitors.
"The Robertson brothers were really good and everyone enjoyed seeing the operations of a working mill," Mr Wright said.
Then it was on to the Suncoast Gold Macadamias for a visit before a tour of Gympie historical buildings.
"The tour was a real chance to take pride in Gympie," Mr Wright said.
"It was a chance to put Gympie in focus and showcase the town."
Friday night, the action headed to Pie Creek Hall for a country dance and meal.
Mary Valley Heritage Railway was the destination Saturday morning and guests enjoyed a trip on the rail motor and looking around the heritage station.
Lunch was hosted by the Southside Bowls Club and a Nestle representative spoke about the factory and its history in the Gympie region.
Keeping the ball rolling was a trip to River Junction Drought Master Stud and John Cochrane's dairy farm in the afternoon ahead of a farewell dinner at the Gympie Civic Centre attended by Gympie mayor Ron Dyne and his wife Dulcie.
Sunday morning guests fuelled up on a breakfast barbecue before parting ways.