Rhonda Parnell, Keith Brown and David Wise get busy hanging artwork for the Lighthouse Festival art exhibition.
Rhonda Parnell, Keith Brown and David Wise get busy hanging artwork for the Lighthouse Festival art exhibition. Mike Knott

Lighthouse festival to please

HARD work and long days over the past four-and-a-half months have brought the inaugural Lighthouse Festival back from the brink of cancellation.

The festival, which had to be postponed earlier in the year, will bring a mix of music, food and art to the Jack Norgate Oval in Burnett Heads from 9am to 5pm tomorrow.

Festival organising committee chairman Kay Tuck said she was astounded by what the committee had been able to achieve in such a short space of time.

“It just blows me away what we’ve been able to achieve,” she said.

“If it’s good weather, which is the prediction, I think we could get up to 5000 people there.”

As well as a continuous stream of live music, the festival will also feature a boating and fishing expo, art and photographic exhibition, the launch of the Bundaberg North Burnett culinary trail and a number of children’s activities.

Festival spokesman David Wise said the art and photographic exhibition had proven to be popular.

“We did not think it was going too well and then, on Tuesday last week, we had an influx of entries and now have more than 110 pictures in the exhibition,” he said.

All pictures had to be related to the theme of cane and coral.

A group of volunteers began hanging the pictures yesterday and are expected to continue working throughout today to get the oval ready for the festival.

Mr Wise said the festival would also feature a cook-off between Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and North Burnett mayor Joy Jensen, as a part of the launch of the Bundaberg North Burnett culinary trail.

“They will be cooking the same dish, which is going to be a surf and turf-type dish using ingredients from the two areas,” he said. “The mayors will also be answering a few questions about the culinary trail.”

Mr Wise said there was plenty on offer for those keen to taste some food, with a number of seafood stalls and international cuisine available throughout the day.

Entry to the festival is a gold coin donation.



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