The Childers Festival is coming

MILLENIUM Park was alive with entertaining sights, enticing aromas and melodious sounds this morning which can mean only one thing - the Childers Festival is coming!

The fun starts on Thursday, July 28 with a variety of activities on offer every day leading up to festival day on Sunday, July 31. Festival day will feature free entry to non-stop entertainment across five stages and hundreds of food and market stalls.

Bundaberg Regional Council's Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said in its 21st year the festival continued to grow and develop.

"The Childers Festival now encompasses a number of events held throughout the last week in July which is not only a celebration of the rich history of our region but the multicultural communities that make up this great nation," Cr Peters said.

"This encompasses everything from Isis Central Sugar Mill Cane Fire Tours and historical tours of Childers to Opera by the Lake and Arts in the Park.

"And of course on festival day the multicultural celebration spills on to the streets of Childers which, for the day, host entertainment and cuisine from just about every corner of the globe."

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the recent formation of the Friends of the Festival group had renewed the community's passion for the Childers Festival.

"This event is a significant platform to display our region to its best advantage to tens of thousands of people," Cr Trevor said.

"It is wonderful to see the Childers community taking advantage of this opportunity through the Pilotlight Productions show RaW, Paragon Theatre Tours and Hill of Promise Winery Festival Dinner.

"The Childers Butchery has even crafted a 2016 Childers Festival sausage and Vintner's Secret will release the 2016 Childers Festival wine, a sparkling rosé.

"I would encourage any local groups and businesses to consider how they can get involved in the Childers Festival and take advantage of this opportunity, even if it is just to participate in our business window display competition."

For more information on the festival, including ways to get involved, head to

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