Our 2014 Burdekin Water Festival has wrapped up for another year. The festival finale which included our Rotary Grand Parade and Mardi Gras was attended by record crowds. People lined the length of Queen Street to gain a glimpse of the many spectacular floats and capture the excitement of the parade complete with lollies, laughter and lots of people.
The Mardi Gras kicked into gear immediately following the parade and was filled with entertainment on our two stages. Our Ergon Energy Wearable Art revealed many marvellous creations and impressed the many on lookers. Local Entertainers proved popular with a variety of bands and individuals performing and guest artists Tommy Franklin and the Elliotts proved to be a huge hit wiuth their many fans. Stall holders and side show alley recorded good nights and there was something for the whole family to enjoy. Crowds were up on last year as this is the one day of the year many people traditionally come to town to catch up with their friends.
Looking back on the past three months of our festival we have seen our 27 Junior and Senior Ambassadors and Burdekin Blokes develop personally and play an important role in the success of our festival. They were all truly great ambassadors for their sponsoring organisations and each entrant had their own special qualities they shared with the rest along the way. The success of the festival is largely reliant on this support from the outset and in 2014 it was exceptional.
Our Festival Launch was a great start and there were many other ambassador events for all to enjoy and experience. Tastes of the Burdekin was a huge success in 2014 and our guest chef Tanya Bartolini proved popular with the crowd. Hosted by Pricey the night went off really well and his wit with the Juniors and their interviews will be remembered for some time. Our Burdekin Blokes Challenge and our 000 Cook Off also were also highlights of this night.
Our Junior and Senior Crowning Evenings would have to be one of the most memorable two nights on the festival program. The venue was filled with Glitz & Glam and sponsors, guest and friends were treated to two special nights of quality presentations. Entertainment was first class and the winners were crowned after a very close and tough decision for our judges on both nights. Over 400 people attended each night and were truly impressed with what they experienced.
Gliz, Glam & Giveaway was new festival initiative for 2014. Thanks to the 85 Better Burdekin Businesses who supported this promotion. It was very successful and it will become a regular event with the continued support from the businesses.
Lastly we need to thank all of our valued sponsors and supporters. The list is rather large and our major sponsors are recognised on our website under the sponsor tab. Please support these entities as with out their ogoing support our festival would not be a success.
Our committee are seeking new interest in planning for 2015. Our annual general meeting will be held shortly and all positions are now vacant. Please consider getting involved to ensure our Water Festival 2015 is just as successful as 2014.