THE WINNER: The tree decorated by Gympie State High School was judged the best. Former Gympie High student Rita Elstob stops to admire her old school’s detailed work.
THE WINNER: The tree decorated by Gympie State High School was judged the best. Former Gympie High student Rita Elstob stops to admire her old school’s detailed work. Greg Miller

Mary Street goes all out in spirit of Winter

WINTER magic was in the air on Wednesday night when the Gympie community embraced the cold at Winter Trees on Mary.

Crowds gathered in Gympie's heart to view the many Mary St trees dressed for the event, while bands, buskers, pop-up stalls and late night trading created a fun and buzzing atmosphere.

Event organiser Tony Goodman said the ambience of the mid-year celebration was incredible.

"It was just fun to see the community getting behind the event and coming out and enjoying themselves," he said.

Familles were not short of things to do as horse and cart rides, a popular draw card of past Mary St events, took happy customers for rides up and down the tree-lined street.

Face-painting and a petting zoo kept kids enthralled and people got into the swing of the live music on centre stage.

Jeannette Bull, who ran the Jean-nette's Crafts pop-up stall on the night, said the music, entertainment and bustling people combined to make a great party atmosphere in Gympie's main street.

The trees were judged by Gympie cultural ambassador Cindy Vogel, member for Gympie Tony Perrett, and Gympie Chamber of Commerce's Sally Garrahy, who had a difficult time choosing a winner from the colourful creations.

The decorated tree which the judges thought captured the essence of the Gympie community was Gympie State High School, which won a $200 Office National voucher for first prize.

A close second was the Widgee Craft Group which received $100 in cash and third prize went to Friends of the Gallery which won a $50 Toyworld voucher.

The trees will keep their bright and beautiful coats until August 2.

Gympie Times


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