Easterfest draws huge crowd

Triple Grammy award winner Michael W Smith performs for thousands of revellers at Easterfest 2012 on Saturday.
Triple Grammy award winner Michael W Smith performs for thousands of revellers at Easterfest 2012 on Saturday. Kevin Farmer

NAVIGATING through a heaving mob of sweaty rock and roll pirates has been all in a weekend's work for Easterfest organiser Dave Schenk.

As the curtains closed on the festival last night, Mr Schenk looked over the swollen crowd of costumed punters with a smile on his face.

Thank God it did not rain.

"It will take a couple of weeks to really crunch the figures but we've seen tens of thousands of people through the gates over the weekend," he said.

"And who knows how many punters have been watching shows around the city?

"For the final night we had our Fancy Pants Ball and everyone comes in costume.

"I'm already seeing hundreds of people dressed up in the craziest outfits imaginable, and the night hasn't even begun."

From a weekend of highlights, Mr Schenk said one of the major achievements was accomplished on the digital front.

Live video of the festival was streamed all over the world for 15 hours a day, an ambitious venture that came off without a hitch.

"It's the first time we've tried it and the feedback has been amazing," Mr Schenk said.

"We had people running around the city, talking to punters and trying to capture every element of the festival.

"They're seeing the main street of Toowoomba and our own little cafes and restaurants and what goes on behind the scenes.

"We even had (triple Grammy Award-winning artist) Michael W Smith tweeting to his fans that they could watch him play live on our website.

"People from all over world commented that they would definitely be here next year," Mr Schenk said.

If more people means more money for Toowoomba, next year should be a bonanza.

"It's easy for anybody to make statements about how much, or how little, Easterfest contributes to Toowoomba," Mr Schenk said.

"This year we have Brisbane researchers doing an economic impact study to see exactly what the effect has been."

 

Topics:  easter, economy, entertainment, music, toowoomba



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