The crowd enjoying the festivities
by Barb Rees
What a cracker of a day it turned out to be. After the terrible weather we had been having it was as if the weather gods decided to give us a break and the sun shone down.
Walking through the centre block at about 9am it was all systems go for the stall holders…. everyone was full of smiles and high hopes, and they weren’t disappointed. Visitors and locals alike turned out for what was a wonderful day.
Talking to the stall holders all were extremely happy with the event; one even claiming it was the best day they had ever had at Rainbow Beach. “Perfect weather, great atmosphere and we were really busy…we are so glad we made the effort to come!” enthused Bev and Tracey from their clothing stall
As the sun set the Rainbow Fire Weavers did their thing and it was amazing. Perhaps next year the festival could go a bit longer and have the twirlers as the grand finale, so more people can enjoy the skill and dedication of these kids. They really are talented.
While the little kids had a fun-filled time on the slide, jumping castle and petting the baby animals, for the older kids it was hands down Laser Battles that was the winner. Jack Montgomery battled it out all day. “Best $20 I’ve ever spent!” exclaimed his grandmother Sandy Brosnan, one of the organisers of the festival.
Sandy said the Rainbow Beach Progress Association was really happy with the turnout. “It has been fantastic. It’s been better than we had hoped.”
: Teeny Weeny Faces putting some bling into Sara and Jasmine’s day
“It was worth all the hard work. It will only continue to get better and better each year.”
The thing that stood out this year with Sandy is the support from the local community. “The businesses have all been great; the donations were unreal. It has been a real ‘community’ event. Our Monster Raffle generated lots of excitement as almost 50 prizes were given away.”
Sandy is very grateful to the businesses and residents of Rainbow Beach for supporting our second Spring Festival and says, “Next year we are planning a similar event with a few new things!”
It certainly was a brilliant way to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beginning of the town’s busy season. So put Sat September 2, 2017 in your diary now.