People's favourite announced
THE crowds rolled up in their hundreds to soak up the perfect winter weather and beautiful jazz music as the Rose City's quirky Jumpers and Jazz Festival drew to a close yesterday.
Visitors and residents alike descended on Leslie Park for the final event on the Jumpers and Jazz program – Picnic in the Park – spending their time between the market stalls and entertainment in the rotunda.
The last of the tree jumper winners was also announced, with the film-themed tree at Bryson's Place taking out the inaugural People's Choice Award.
Close behind in second place were Lorraine Dent and Laura Hobbs, with the Go Vita tree in third.
Bryson's Place staff Holly Rees and Kaela Millard said they were pleased with their win.
“It's been a bit of work, but it was a collaborative effort,” Kaela said.
Holly said she wasn't really expecting it but had hoped the tree would win the admiration of passersby.
“We had a lot of people commenting on it.
"They seemed to like it,” she said.
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said there were about 250 votes for the People's Choice Award.
“We'll definitely hold it again next year,” she said.
“It's great to have it. We don't really know the public's perception of the tree jumpers.
“We look at them from a different perspective with our artistic background, so it's good to see what the public thinks is best.”
Warwick Tourism and Events (WTE) CEO Tracy Vellacott said she was pleased with how the festival had unfolded this year.
“The weather has certainly been in our favour throughout the festival and it's been enjoyed by people out and about,” she said.
Mrs Vellacott said the Party in Palmerin St on Saturday had also been received well by visitors and businesses.
“We had a comment that there wasn't as much atmosphere as last year, but people seemed to enjoy themselves,” she said.
“It's about keeping the balance between the festival and business owners in the main street.”
WTE will hold a meeting within the next fortnight to review the festival and make plans for Jumpers and Jazz in the future.
Members of the public and businesses will be invited to attend to provide feedback.
“We'll also do a walk in the CBD and ask businesses there what they thought,” Mrs Vellacott said.