GYMPIE’S GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL
There can be no doubt that the 2014 Gold Rush Festival was nothing short of marvellous. It would not be stretching matters too far to say that this year’s was the best!
Every organisation or business that contributed to our success should take a bow. The Regional Art Gallery, the Regional Library, the Gem Club, the Lady Mayoress and the combined Ministry of Gympie. Every part of the Gold Rush program was professional, well attended and successful.
The family concert and the grand parade were enjoyed by record crowds. The Management Committee listened to the community and returned to Nelson Reserve this year. What a fantastic day. Entertainment by our very talented young bands right through the day was sensational. Whilst the public admired all the glamorous classic cars and bikes on display, with a parade, Graeme Jensen concert and Laser Light Show still to come.
What a sight it was to see families involved – the rock wall climb, the jumping castles, a face painting fairy and the colourful food and market stalls all contributing to make this year’s festival great.
It is always up to the community to make such events successful. Without the input from the community organisations, the Gympie Regional Council, SES Volunteers, the Police, St John Ambulance, the Schools, Gympie businesses and the shop owners putting in a tremendous effort, this would not be possible.
Many thanks must also go to our generous sponsors, The Gympie Times, 4GY, Charlies Hotel, Destination Gympie, Roadcraft, Hi-Way 1, Zinc FM, National Australia Bank, Sunshine Coast Medicare Local, Community Solutions and CooloolaBusiness.com.
The Festival is run by an Incorporated Association, a club of volunteers. Our money comes from raffles, trivia nights, golf days and a small grant from Council. It is not an easy task to raise the money to allow the Management team to plan and implement the Festival. I can’t thank my Management Committee enough. Sharyn Alford, Sean Connelly and Megan Chandler are the most dedicated team I have ever had the privilege of leading.
To everybody who made 2014 Festival our most memorable in a long time – Thank you and if you have a suggestions or ideas to improve the festival for next year, we want to hear from you. Place your comments on our Gold Rush Facebook site or email: goldrushfestivalgmailcom (goldrushfestivalgmailcom)
President –GDGF Inc