Festival fever hits district at weekend

By Colleen Edwards

NO use denying it, there is nothing like a great, big fire to get a party started.

Ken Anderson from the Gin Gin and District Historical Society hopes people in the area will agree and cometo see the annual cane burning this afternoon.

"This year, we are calling on people to spend a day in Gin Gin and everything starts with the cane burning," Mr Anderson said.

"On Saturday, we have the cane cutting, dog spiking and whip cracking competitions."

From there, the event will move to the showgrounds, where the auto and machinery show will be set up with tractor pulling demonstrations.

In Biggenden on Sunday, there will be a display of sporting prowess with the Northern Districts rugby league grand final being played out between Biggenden and South Kolan.

Another event at the weekendis the Moore Park Beach Festival of Arts.

The festival will have a number of stalls and activities, such as international food and jewellery-making workshops. Event co-ordinator Angela McLaughlin said there would be more stalls than last year and plenty of things to keep people occupied.

"We have way more stalls than last year - we have a whole oval of them, including lots of local vendors," Ms McLaughlin said.

"We have an international food stall and a jewellery-making workshop.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a sand sculpting display by well-known sand artist Steve Machell, who has held displays across the state.

As well as making a new sculpture each day, he also will conduct sculpting workshops for children on Sunday morning.



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