Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018.
Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018. Marian Faa

GALLERY: Kites high but numbers higher at Picnic Basket Day

ONLY spirits soared higher than the magnificent kites that danced and frolicked in the sky above thousands of happy picnickers at the Killarney Picnic Basket Day.

More than 3000 visitors rolled out their rugs on the pristine lawn of Killarney's exclusive Melrose Station.

With 1000 more visitors than the previous year, the fledgling event has grown in leaps and bounds.

Event coordinator Debbie Bradfield said astronomical growth signalled the success and vitality of the picnic.

Jill Mitchell and Leigh Collins enjoying a glass of wine and sunshine.
Jill Mitchell and Leigh Collins enjoying a glass of wine and sunshine. Marian Faa

"It was just sensational,” she said.

Visitors came from as far as Los Angeles in the USA and South Africa.

While everyone enjoyed a smattering of beautiful local produce, without a doubt the main attraction was the larger-than-life kites that bellowed in the breeze.

The kite-flying volunteers from the Redcliffe Kite Club said it was the best day they'd had.

Kites courtesy of Redcliffe Kite Club at the Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018.
Kites courtesy of Redcliffe Kite Club at the Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018. Marian Faa

"The conditions were just perfect,” Mrs Bradfield said.

Inspired by the display, kids bought around 300 kites on the day while others opted to make their own.

Mrs Bradfield said the event raised money for Livin, an organisation devoted to reducing stigma around mental health.

Fresh local produce displaying in rustic style at the Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018.
Fresh local produce displaying in rustic style at the Killarney Picnic Basket Day 2018. Marian Faa

"They put back into the community with workshops to break down the stigma of mental health and encourage kids to live well and look out for their friends,” she said.

"This year abut 10-12 different schools, businesses and sporting groups in the Warwick and Southern Downs community will benefit from Livin.”

As the event wrapped up in the afternoon, organisers announced there would be another picnic day on April 7 next year.



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