Narelle Farrell (front) and Nancy De Prada have been dressing a tree in a woolly outfit for Jumpers and Jazz in July since 2008.
Narelle Farrell (front) and Nancy De Prada have been dressing a tree in a woolly outfit for Jumpers and Jazz in July since 2008. Elyse Wurm

IT'S HERE: Beds booked out, thousands expected for festival

A WOOLLY wonderland has taken over Warwick as today marks the start of the Jumpers and Jazz festival, which is expected to bring more than two million dollars and thousands of people to town.

Jumpers and Jazz in July committee president Sally Edwards is expecting another huge crowd this year, after 58,000 attendees were counted across all the events at last year's festival.

Many people go to more than one event and may have been counted more than once, but the team is expecting this weekend and next to be the busiest periods of the 10-day event.

Jumpers and Jazz boosts the region's economy by about $2.5million each year.

Ms Edwards said the festival brought a particular lift to businesses and families.

"One café told us that they do 10 weeks' business in two weeks so it's enormously busy and that means they employ more casual staff and those casual staff have more money to spend locally,” she said.

"A lot of people working on the land have more than one job and many women work in the service industries so it's providing a lot of extra income to families who are doing it tough.”

Rose City Caravan Park owner Michelle Cox said their cabins and overnight vans were booked out months in advance. As for sites, there are only a couple left for this weekend and a few next weekend.

"The park is just run by the two of us so having these kinds of weekends is really good because generates good income,” Mrs Cox said.

"The week brings in quite a different crowd than any other time of the year and it's quite a vibrant crowd.”

Mrs Cox said she once had people travel from Sydney for the festival, but routinely sees people making the trip from northern New South Wales, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

It opens Warwick up to people who may not have travelled here otherwise, she said.

"It's good that people know these things are happening in country areas rather than there's another festival in the city,” she said.

"It gets people out and seeing areas they might not have through to look at before.”

From craft markets to retro cars and live music, the different aspects of the festival give visitors with varied interests a reason to make the trip.

On top of this, Mrs Cox says the excuse to dress up in quirky attire doesn't hurt either.



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