OOM PA PA!

The happy crowd at Oktoberfest 2019

Oktoberfest 2019 was one of the best ever. Hundreds of visitors descended on Emu Park to forget about the everyday and celebrate in the German way. Music was the order of the day with some great local talents in the early afternoon. Later though the Kalendar band blasted out the fun music.

Chicken Dances were frequent during the after as were the German toasts. Novelty acts and yodeling competitions entertained everyone including the participants.

The Kalendar band have now been visiting Emu park for around 34 years and have never been more popular. As the day wears on into night they ease into many very popular rock classics. The dancing energy is relentless. Even when the band takes a break the dancers continue.

2020 date has already been set and the Lions club are already planning the day. If you enjoyed this year you are sure to enjot next year. If all goes well there might be a few surprises.

Tommy Trombone

Emu Park Kite Festival

Kites were flying high and taking over the sky at Emu Park for the Triple M CQ’s Festival of the Wind. The festival hosted annually by the Lions Club of Emu Park was held on Sunday, 14th April at Bell & Peace Parks and Fisherman’s Beach, Emu Park.

Festival Co-ordinator, Jackie Senior, says “kite flying is one of life’s simple pleasures no matter what your age. It’s something for the whole family to enjoy. If you are not flying a kite you can just feast your eyes on the myriad of kites of all colours, shapes and sizes dancing in the sky, watching them duck and dive amidst the winds.”

Talk to one of our world class professional kite fliers from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, South Australia or Tasmania who will be there to show off their kites and kite handling skills.

Jackie says after the soaring success of last year’s festival the Lions are again expecting throngs of people to descend upon Emu Park for a wonderful family day out. Markets start at 8:00am & festival activities at 10:00am. The festival is an alcohol free event specifically designed for family entertainment.

Festival goers can meander through one of Emu Park’s largest markets of the year or enjoy other activities including live entertainment, carnival rides, sand sculpting, making your own kit kite to fly, colouring competition, a flare display by the Yeppoon Coast Guard, or for the more adventurous, try out a blokart along the beach or try your hand at sailing. There will also be a variety of food and drinks available.

“We are also seeking teams of (4) to enter our wacky beach games” says Jackie. There are (2) categories – under 16s & over 16s – FREE ENTRY. There will be lots of fun and laughter as competitors try to navigate each leg of the games. Prize monies will be awarded to winning teams’ nominated charities. Contact Ellie on 0429384806 to register your team.

Great prizes for the raffle have been donated by The Hideaway GKI, The Rainforest Ranch Retreat Byfield, Sandcastles 1770 all offering (2) nights accommodation for two and Freedom Fast Cats with an adventure trip for two. So don’t forget your raffle tickets that will be drawn at the festival.

A fitting end to the day’s festivities will be the Bendigo Bank’s monster fireworks display when spectators will be awed by the wonderful array of fireworks.

Pet owners are advised to keep their animals locked up during the fireworks display to keep them safe.

Hill Street, east of Emu Street to Fisherman’s Beach, will be closed for the duration of the festival to ensure the safety of patrons.

Jackie praised sponsors and volunteers for their valued support of the Triple M CQ’s Festival of the Wind and urged everyone to take time out of their usual routine to bring the family to come fly a kite with us at Emu Park!

Festival Highlights –

Free Entry

Spectacle of kites from all over Australia

World class kite flying professionals

Make & decorate your own kite

Learn to fly duel line stunt kites

Try the Blokarts & Sail boats

Markets

Carnival rides

Sand sculpture competition

Beach Games competition

Free entry & cash prizes for games & competitions

Colouring in competition

Face Painting

Raffle

Food & drink stalls

Live entertainment

Fireworks

Festival Co-ordinator – Jackie Senior
Contact: 49387799
E: stjjsenior@bigpond.com
http://www.festivalofthewind.com

The Singing Ship – Emu Park

It’s been a hot day. Some people would probably say very hot.

I headed off to the Emu Park singing ship for a bit of a sea change. When I arrived there was a very welcome breeze. It was quite a bit cooler and very refreshing. Almost like walking into an air conditioned shopping centre.

Intentional mistake right here. Today the singing ship is alive. Singing it’s song of so many years, and loud for all to enjoy. Although meant to remind us of the wind in the rigging of an old sailing ship, I today it is more a church organ recital. The chords progress up and down a windy scale from high to low and back again. Every now and then there are some nice pleasing low notes.

This monument nearly did not make it to our little park on the hill. The original vision was at another scene. Eventually with a lot of very hard work by many people it has become an icon for all who visit the capricorn coast.

More info.http:// http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/landscape/exploration/display/91361-the-singing-ship

Bell Park Picnic Markets – A Beaut Day Out at the Coast

Every third Sunday thousands of people flock to the Emu Park Markets. Generally the weather is great and families and visitors alike can have a great day out.

Some people like to come and browse around looking for gifts that you can’t buy in the shops. Others get here early to grab some of the freshest fruit the area has to offer. Continue reading “Bell Park Picnic Markets – A Beaut Day Out at the Coast”

EMU PARK ENERGIZED!

Emu Park Lions clubs spearheaded a project to install open space fitness equipment in Emu park. Funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund has made this ambitious project come to fruition.

The new gym equipment is proving to be popular with Emu Park Locals

An active healthy lifestyle is essential to better health, longevity and enjoyment of life.  Rates of  obesity and associated cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other associated diseases, are on the rise. This can be a considerable cost to the community Continue reading “EMU PARK ENERGIZED!”