Aleisha Smith and Shane Pettiford sit by a fire drum at the bonfire night.
Aleisha Smith and Shane Pettiford sit by a fire drum at the bonfire night.

Bonfire artwork has practical use

THOSE from near and far escaped the winter chill on Saturday evening, taking refuge by the flames at the Killarney Bonfire Night.

In its second year, the event is the township's contribution to the Jumpers and Jazz Festival and one of the main fundraisers for Killarney Memorial Aged Care.

Held at the Killarney Polocrosse grounds, the bonfire night attracted about 600 people of all ages, double last year's attendance.

Organiser Louise Brosnan said the event was a great family night and the attendance numbers exceeded all expectations.

“We expected numbers to be up on last year but not by double – it's fantastic,” she said.

“It was a great family night out and we had a lot of visitors from out of town who had been into Warwick for the Jumpers and Jazz.”

Kids spent the afternoon playing an assortment of games and bouncing on a jumping castle but as the sun went down the enjoyment was far more widespread.

The fires were lit and people sat by the warm flames and enjoyed dinner and a drink with mates.

Manager of Killarney Aged Care Brad Jones said the night was the result of plenty of hard work from a great team.

“It has been quite an effort and we have had a lot of volunteers on board and great community support,” he said.

“Last year we catered for 100 but ended up with about 300 people. It was our first real Jumpers and Jazz event and people come from places like Brisbane to support it.”

Some visitors travelled a little further than others. The Brisbane Social Campers and Walkers group boasts members from Iran, India and France.

The group camped out at Queen Mary Falls and attended the bonfire on Saturday night to meet and mingle with people from country Queensland.

Loch Lomond residents Frank and Val Archer brought with them a large posse, made up of members of the Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club of Queensland.

The group camped out in caravans at the couple's property for the weekend.

Mr Archer said it was great to bring the group to the community event.

“We thought they'd have a good time out here and raise some more funds,” he said.

 

Fire drum winners:

44 gallon drum category

1st – Jason Green’s Green Train, also the popularity prize winner

2nd – David Hicks’ Heffalump

3rd - Luke Green’s Nickelback drum set

 

Other metal work category

1st – Paul Graham’s Ned Kelly drum called Ned

2nd – Keith Mundey’s Wahoo



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