Outdoor expo breaks records as locals land prizes
JASMINE Rothwell's grin was infectious and seemingly permanent after she won a brand new rod and reel combo at the 2016 South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating & Fishing Expo.
The six-year-old fishing enthusiast was picked out of the crowd during the popular Shimano Fishing Show yesterday by special guest presenter and television personality Scott Hillier from Creek to Coast to have a go at catching her first Barramundi.
Undeterred by the dozens of eyes focusing on her every move, the Brightwater resident snagged herself a fish, but couldn't quite bring it all the way up the line before it jumped back into the water again.
Proud fishing buddy and dad Craig said the new Shimano set up Jasmine won as a result of her efforts would be put to good use on their regular visits to the Maroochy River and Chambers Island.
Other winners were grinners too, with Nambour resident Joe Van Den Berghe taking out the coveted Austrack Camper Trailer package valued at $6750 from a pool of more than 10,000 entries.
Australian Events director Bob Carroll said Mr Van Den Berghe's grandson Braeden Maher was just as excited as his Pop as he was the one who had placed the entry form into the barrell.
The wares of more than 150 exhibitors from as far afield as Victoria and Western Australia were taken in by more than 15,000 people over the three day event at the Nambour Showgrounds, a record attendance for the event.
Mr Carroll said all of the new release products on show had been well received.
"People have travelled from as far afield as Hervey Bay, Bribie Island and Brisbane and they are spending money and it's great to see the local economy benefiting from that," he said.
"The demographic has changed with more families coming through."