Lighthouse draws crowd
COUSINS Anika and Soleila Rathbone and Lacojha Oltean were captivated by the rhythm of drums at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse on Saturday.
Lacojha’s mum Pollee Wegert said the girls were entranced by the drummers’ “jam session” and joined in with gusto.
“They really loved it,” she said.
After heating up with the drums, they found a novel way to cool off again.
“The guys from the (Rural Fire Brigade) display let them have a go with the hose, so they had a great time.
“It was fantastic to have so many fun, free activities for the kids.”
Brenda Coleman enjoyed the art and photographic exhibitions, with all the entries given a local twist by featuring cane or coral.
She brought along her daughter Stephanie Pohlman and a friend, Nikita Gray, so they could catch a live performance by Mitch Barrington.
“They loved the live music,” Ms Coleman said.
“I enjoyed browsing through the markets. It was a vibrant, colourful event.”
The Bundaberg woman said it was the first time she had seen inside the picturesque Burnett Heads Lighthouse, which gave the festival its name.
North Burnett Region Mayor Joy Jensen proved her chops by winning the celebrity cook-off against Bundaberg Region Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch — creating a delicious surf’n’turf, made with North Burnett steak and Bundaberg seafood.
Despite a getting off to a shaky start when the event was postponed from its original date and scaled back to one day instead of two, media co-ordinator David Wise said the day had been a remarkable success.
“We had about 8000 people attend — we thought we would have about 5000,” he said.
“It looks like we will definitely be doing it again next year.”