Judging by the numbers lining the main street for the Harvest Festival parade there would have been very few sitting at home in Babinda yesterday (Saturday 12th).
This year the festival's theme was 'Flora and Fauna' so it was without hesitation Mission Beach Cassowaries responded to the invitation to join in the celebrations.
Highlights of the day are the mime and air guitar competitions.
With twelve months planning, the attention to detail is obvious from the list of questions, the design of each year’s T Shirts to the catering.
Funds raised on the day through the sale of merchandise, ‘fines’ and fees to compete in activities, are donated to help a local cause.
For the past 6 years the funds have been donated to Mission Beach Cassowaries. On announcing the funds would once again go to help the cassowary, the Quizmaster said “They are such beautiful birds, we don’t want to see them go the same way as the Thylacine (Tassmanian Tiger)”.
Mission Beach Cassowaries spokesperson Liz Gallie said “We are so grateful for the donations. They have enabled our group to develop the ‘Mission Beach Naturally’ branding, letting people coming to our area know why it is so special and to contribute to awareness raising projects such as the Mission Beach School kids roadside signs and establishing the Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival which will be in its fourth year in 2020.”
The private event has been running for 13 years and has a dedicated band of followers, some of whom travel as far away as Victoria, Northern Territory and South Australia.
Local businesses sponsor the event with donations for raffles. Community minded Chappy and Angela encourage their guests to go out while they are in town to support and enjoy locally owned and operated businesses.
Next year’s event is already in the planning. The number of tables is limited so if you know your 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music, and would like to be part of the quiz fest being held on August 29th, 2020, call or email Chappy to find out more. 0418 898 940 email@example.com
Photos by Liz Gallie
For more information;
Baden Chapman 0418 898 940
Liz Gallie 0414402315