A beaut boost for Bundy's berries
SETTING sights high paid off for the organisers of the region's first ever Bargara Strawberry Fair at the weekend, which attracted a crowd of 6000 people.
It was also a pat on the back for Bundaberg region strawberry growers, who used Saturday's event to welcome themselves back into the season after recent wet weather wreaked havoc on their crops.
Organiser Beth Scott said the successful community event had been "fabulous but frantic".
"We wanted to do something for our community that was family friendly and affordable," she said.
"We wanted to promote local strawberry growing."
Mrs Scott said SSS Strawberries, Tinaberries and Bed
rock Berries had stalls at the fair, with Bundaberg Berries, Bargara Berries and Winter Berries supplying stock which was sold on the day.
"A lot of the stall holders didn't think they'd come on board, but they did," she said.
Mrs Scott said she had expected a big crowd.
"We decided to start big straight away," she said.
"If you do something impressive, people will come back."
What made the event so successful, according to Mrs Scott, was that it was as low-cost for families as possible.
"It will always be no entry fee," she said.
Mrs Scott said her biggest criticism was the event had been "terribly understaffed".
"Some things planned for the day didn't work as well or slipped away because we didn't have the manpower," she said.
Mrs Scott said the fair was also a fundraising day for Coral Coast Community Care, which runs programs including Menshed and Bubs and Kids.
"We'd hope to walk away with $10,000," she said.
Coral Coast Chamber of Commerce vice-president Vince Urquhart said the event had been "great" for business.
Next year's strawberry fair will be held on Saturday August 3.