June 1st 2012
20th Fiesta starts tomorrow
Townsville’s biggest sustainability event is underway in Queens Gardens with exhibitors bumping in for the two day event.
The slight possibility of showers won’t stop the Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo from going ahead in celebration of its 20th birthday.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Vern Veitch, said the event was one of the council’s most popular for the year and would feature more than 60 exhibitors.
“There will be exhibits and demonstrations showcasing ideas and technology that promote healthier and more sustainable living,” Cr Veitch said.
“We have secured some fantastic exhibitors to offer something for all ages, from how to grow a herb garden and establish a worm farm, to purchasing green vehicles and saving money around the home.”
Events Manager, Tom Aubrey, said there was a fantastic line up of entertainment over the two days.
“Melbourne based group the Rosie Burgess Trio will play on Sunday afternoon which is sure to delight the crowd,” Mr Aubrey said.
“We also have talented Australian band FourPlay as well as local bands The Tremadours and Tim Griffin, plus a host of other musicians.
“Ranger Dan and his native animals will no doubt be a hit with the kids.”
Due to the recent rain, the Welcoming Babies Ceremony has been moved to the Townsville City Council Forecourt in Walker Street.
Mr Aubrey, said it was important that the event was held in a dry location for the comfort of mums and bubs and encouraged parents who had registered to come along.
“Considering our tiny patrons we want to ensure there is a warmer location for the event,” Mr Aubrey said.
“This is an important ceremony for families who have recently welcomed new babies and we don’t want them to be wheeling strollers through damp grass.”
Mr Aubrey said the event was set to be bigger and better than ever and a little rain wouldn’t dampen the 20th birthday celebration.
“We are confident the showers will ease and give the ground time to dry out,” he said.
“We are really looking forward to the entertainment and activities that will be on at Queens Gardens on Saturday and Sunday and I would encourage everyone to get along.”
There is $11,000 worth of prizes to give away including a 2kW solar system from Horan and Bird, a 3,000 litre slimline water tank from Gough Plastics and a night’s accommodation in the Hidden Valley Cabin’s new Deluxe Rustic Cabin. To enter complete the entry from in Saturday’s Townsville Bulletin and put it in the barrel at the event.
The annual Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Awards will be on again with cash prizes on offer in six categories.
A gold coin donation from patrons ensures the event is carbon neutral.
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