Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

YOUR LETTERS; Thanks for Terrific Festival

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

YOUR LETTERS; Thanks for Terrific Festival

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WARWICK Rose and Rodeo Festival is a credit to all who worked together to put on a fabulous weekend Co the show and rodeo society, council, the police and emergency services, SES, the Warwick Potters' Association and their marketeers, the horticultural society, the many sponsors Co including Warwick Credit Union and the Buchner family who sponsor our parade and celebrity horse race, the crew at the visitor information centre, Shona Gibson and the board members of Warwick Tourism and Events, Karina Devine and the art gallery volunteers, Young Ambassadors, businesses, schools, community organisations, town crier Bob Townshend and, finishing with our good-natured celebrity jockeys and race-caller, Mal Sheard.

However I would also like to acknowledge the fantastic pre and post event coverage by local media outlets. Our event would not reach the heights that it does without the commitment of these organisations. They help to lift the community vibe and my only concern sometimes is that I deliver in line with the glowing pre-event publicity.

The Friday night mardi-gras was a huge success. The people I spoke to were elated that the event was back in the central CBD, giving focus to our beautiful town hall as centre stage, local businesses and to the horticultural society floral window competition.

People of all ages seemed to find something that excited them, from the amusement rides for the young to the entertainment program outside the town hall and, of course, the Celebrity Horse Race for the more mature.

Thanks to the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band, Bellydance Hipstars, Killarney School of Dance, Kate Christiansen, Walmsley Brothers and Wanted Dead or Alive for a great night of entertainment at centre stage. The Warwick and District Country Music Club, Heather Macphail and Darryl Craft, together with the band A2B, also provided great atmosphere with their busking and added to the footpath dining experience in beautiful downtown Warwick.

Hearty thanks to the 12 runners in the Buchner Cup celebrity horse race, including Daily Dalmatian, which was victorious for the third time. …

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