Ultimate in steam on show for fest
MARY Valley Heritage Rail president Tony Hallam said yesterday the Ultimate Steam Festival had kicked off strongly.
This was due to excellent co-operation between the four groups involved – the MVHR, the Gympie Historical Gold Mining Museum, The WoodWorks Museum and the Mary-Ann steam train, which will arrive in Gympie tomorrow and operate tomorrow and Sunday.
“It's due to the hard work and dedication from workers and volunteers from the four groups,” he said.
“We ask people to get all steamed up and participate in the weekend.”
Mr Hallam opened the festival with Mayor Ron Dyne and Member for Gympie David Gibson.
He said the festival was a chance for people to experience Gympie's golden past and for the MVHR to recover from the imposition of fire bans.
Cr Dyne said he expected the event to be a huge success and to benefit the whole region.
Mr Gibson said it was the volunteers who made the festival possible.
The entertainment continues today through to Monday, with bands and solo artists performing from 11am to 3pm today at the Gold Mining Museum, 11am to 2pm at the Woodworks Museum, and tomorrow from 11am to 2.30pm at the Old Gympie Railway Station.