First Festival a great success!

Three generations helped organise the festival - Tony Stewart (centre), son Hughie and grandson Tom

Three generations helped organise the festival – Tony Stewart (centre), son Hughie and grandson Tom

The inaugural Rainbow Beach Spring Festival has been hailed a great success by organisers (Rainbow Beach Progress Assoc Inc and RB C & T), volunteers, sponsors, participants and visitors alike.

During  a recent casual meeting over pizza and light refreshments,  a group of ‘helpers’ discussed how the event was run, discovered we made a profit, argued the pros and cons of our 2015 Spring Festival and made plans for 2016!

Rivah Conway-Jones loved the animal farm

Rivah Conway-Jones loved the animal farm

All our feedback indicates that the event was enjoyed by visitors and locals, with market stall holders and local businesses also happy with the trade over the weekend. There were a few negatives which occurred mainly due to understaffing, however, overall the volunteers managed very well with a busy few days.

The Monster Raffle was a rousing success and great money maker, and we extend our thanks to all sponsors who donated goods, vouchers and cash as our (more than 55) winners were all happy with their prizes.

Tony Stewart did an amazing job of rounding up prizes and tickets, not to mention organising the actual draw and contacting winners after the event. A big thank you to Graham Engemann for his amazing MC work throughout the  evening.

The bar and food venues were very successful  –  thank you to Sandy Brosnan and her crew for manning the bar, Mark Beech, for co-ordinating the BBQ, and Rachel Croker for the kitchen.

Caitlyn Shadbolt headlined the night

Caitlyn Shadbolt headlined the night

We also want to thank Matt Allard from GRC Events Co-ordination, for his invaluable support with last minute details and planning.

Thanks to GRC and Andrew Saunders at Destination Gympie who also helped out with funding, advertising, waste disposal and marketing costs which we used to print our raffle tickets.

We are now in discussion with authorities working out which charities will benefit from a disbursement of our excess funds.

Looking forward to Festival 2016 – we will again apply for support to GRC Community Services and Gympie Destination as we plan our event well in advance.

Our next meeting will be after the long weekend in early October, contact Rainbow Beach Progress Assoc Inc. President Kaye Silich 04488889781,  kayesilich@yahoo.com to find out more.