Great week for Woodgate
A HUGE Queensland Week of arts, craft, music and games at Woodgate Beach finished up yesterday, with local events pulling healthy crowds.
On Saturday night there was a dinner to commemorate the opening of the Winter Art Exhibition which showcased the works of several local artists.
The next day, the gallery was opened to the public and attendees were treated to musical performances by Bundaberg singer Melissa Lathorous and local string group Quatro.
Organiser Helen Brett said the weekend had been a huge success despite a bit of wet weather on Sunday.
"The bands still played and the 70-odd people who were here enjoyed it even though it was wet and cold," she said.
"But on Monday there was not a drop of rain, no wind and the sun was out and it was lovely."
Ms Brett said more than 1500 people attended the market.
"They've come through in a constant flow and it's been very successful," she said.
This year's Queensland Week events have focused particularly on the arts exhibition and Ms Brett said been working hard on their pieces.
"With art, people will tell you it takes them all their life, "she said.
"There's a lot of time and lot of work involved in all the effort.
"It's a great avenue for them to explore opportunities as well."
Ms Brett said the crowd numbers also brought money into the local economy.
"Even though today was more regional people, it definitely brought people in," she said.
"Even if they go and buy an ice cream on the way home, it's another ice cream that's been sold.
"The local economy is definitely improved by events such as these."
The Woodgate Events Committee has been hard at work organising festivities this year, and will now look at holding a garden competition in November.