Jumpers and Jazz a hit with locals
THE quirky Jumpers and Jazz festival created an atmosphere of fun and frivolity throughout the district at the weekend.
There was a smorgasbord of events and activities on offer showcasing talents from near and far.
The CBD was swinging on Saturday as trees came to life with their colourful decorations and the sweet sounds of jazz filled the air.
Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Bev Marston said the first weekend of the festival was definitely a huge success.
“The atmosphere was great, it was a beautiful day, everyone was happy and it is the first time I have heard comments that there was actually too much to see and do,” she said.
“We had volunteers completing surveys in the main street on Saturday and found that there was a large number of tourists in the area.”
Several smaller communities also got involved in the festival to raise money for their community halls, which are the hub of the smaller areas.
Goomburra Hall's High Tea and Jazz afternoon attracted a crowd of 80 including both locals and visitors.
Event organiser and sponsor Margaret Cairns of Goomburra Forest Retreat said the event, in its fourth year, has retained its popularity largely due to the entertainers, local act Bevi Aqua.
“Everyone had a wonderful afternoon and I am extremely grateful to the support of the Warwick Visitor Information Centre volunteers for their assistance this year,” she said.
QCWA Mt Colliery Branch members Helen and Barbara Law and Binkie Morgan put together a magnificent display of arts and crafts by local artisans which were exhibited at the Mt Colliery Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Mrs Laws said at least 24 people submitted works including knitting, crocheting, patchwork, scrapbooking, woodwork and needlework.
“For a community with only 100 people I was amazed to see just how many of those are so talented,” she said.
“It was a great opportunity for the local community to come together and also support the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.”
At Allora the Caxton Street Jazz Band made their eighth appearance at the annual Jazz Night on Saturday.
Approximately 115 people enjoyed a delicious dinner and dancing late into the night.
Ted Cowley from the Allora Show Society said it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.
“We were lucky to have students from the Allora High School assist in serving the dinner on Saturday night,” he said.
“We will be donating a portion of tonight's profits to the High School students for their end-of-year trip and the rest will go towards maintenance of the Allora Showgrounds.”