Jumpers and Jazz may expand
SPREAD the Jumpers and Jazz Festival wider is the word from Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Bev Marston after the most successful event yet.
Mrs Marston said the quality of the music was a festival high point for her.
“We had up to 300 people at a time listening to the music in front of the Warwick Town Hall on Saturday,” Mrs Marston said.
“People moved around the events and to look at the tree jumpers which was the intent.
“When we are able to provide quality music, people will support the events.
“It was another record weekend.”
She said the weather was great and only one tree was vandalised when five of its hats were allegedly stolen.
Warwick police have charged one person in relation to the incident.
Mrs Marston said all the available beds in town were occupied and the crowd overflowed to accommodation at Slade School.
The shortage of rooms was also experienced at the National Historic Race Meeting at Morgan Park Raceway which attracted a record 247 vehicles.
Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland secretary Alan Steel said finding accommodation was a challenge.
“We had people staying at Killarney, Toowoomba and Stanthorpe,” Mr Steel said.
Mrs Marston said if events were held in other centres like Stanthorpe, people could be advised to seek accommodation in other areas where activities were happening.
“Killarney started it (regional events) with an event on the first festival weekend,” she said.
“It is a huge challenge to make Jumpers and Jazz more regional but I am up for it.”
While locals were out in force at every event during the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, there were visitors from many parts of Queensland and interstate.
Sydney visitor Paul Broomhead, who has a sister in town, said he liked the music and the red wine of Jumpers and Jazz during a three-day stay.
“I might return next year,” he said.