Get over it Warwick, we'll have a festival if we want to
WE CAN only hope recent Warwick comments about Gympie are more reflective of the town's bitterly cold weather than the attitude of its citizens.
Warwick, its leaders seem to say, has taken exception to Gympie's instantly famous event, Winter Trees on Mary, brainchild of Mary St's Tony Goodman.
Less worldly elements to the south apparently believe this breached some sort of copyright they claim for the town's Jumpers and Jazz Festival, a brilliant event which also involves entertainment combined with dressing up the trees - as occurs all around the world, by the way.
Gympie Regional Council's Rae Gate yesterday pointed out one big difference between the two events. "Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz is a festival. What we did was just encouraging people to shop locally and at night."
Goodness me, Warwick. We weren't even trying. Sorry if we frightened you with our natural exuberance. We're just good at stuff. Look to the Muster if you want to see what happens when Gympie gets behind a festival.
One wonders how gentle we have to be with people so obviously suffering such feelings of insecurity.
Naturally, Gympie's history, including saving Queensland from bankruptcy with its gold, tends to intimidate a town made famous for 15 minutes in 1917 by one of history's more ridiculous instances of armed insurrection.
This was the so-called "Warwick Incident," in which Prime Minister Billy Hughes suffered his hat being knocked off his head by a thrown egg, which no-one would have been able to afford if not for Gympie gold.
Furthermore - and this may be news to some in Warwick - people wear jumpers and listen to jazz all over the world, sometimes even at the same time. And they are allowed to.
But we had to go one better, with Mr Goodman's mitten and beanie parade.
While we did not invent the jumper or the mitten, history tells us the beanie was invented in the Irish village of Gympie in 1847. And it is a well known fact that jazz was first recorded in Gympie, Louisiana, early last century.
Get used to it Warwick. You can't argue with history.