Camel rides steal the show at Woodgate Easter Fair
WITH smiles on their faces and show bags in their hands, more than 8000 visitors from Mackay to Sydney arrived for the annual Woodgate Easter Fair.
With gourmet food stalls and the much-anticipated return of the camel rides, there was something for everyone at Woodgate Sports Oval today.
Woodgate Community Events president Helen Brett said the annual event was a resounding success as people spent time at the fair before taking a dip in the water at Woodgate Beach.
"It has been absolutely phenomenal," she said.
"The stallholders I've spoken to seem to be very happy."
Mrs Brett said she caught up with visitors, many visiting Woodgate for the first time, who were surprised at the size of the event.
"I was talking to a lady from Sydney who could not believe such a small town could hold such a major event," she said,
"It really puts Woodgate on the map - that's a cliché but that's what it does."
Mrs Brett said the event's success could be attributed to the hard-working volunteers that began their day early directing traffic and providing information.
"We had about 20 volunteers on the day plus the clean-up crew," she said.
"We had volunteers from the Childers PCYC who came in about 11am and cleaned up.
"The volunteers are essential and we couldn't do this without them."
After a five-year absence, Mrs Brett said the camel rides proved very popular with kids.
"The line for that went on forever," she said.
Woodgate Community Events secretary treasurer John Trevor said the event provided a significant boost to the local economy.
"It is a hard thing to quantify but it is a huge boost for Woodgate," he said.
"The local shops in the area do a fantastic trade on the day."
Working furiously behind the scenes was the Woodgate Beach First Responders and spokeswoman Barbara Menzies said by early afternoon there had been about six call-outs.
"I think we have had six call-outs and three of them were heat related," she said.