The 2011 Chinchilla Melon Festival gets off to a wild start today.
The 2011 Chinchilla Melon Festival gets off to a wild start today.

Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off for another year

ONCE every two years the Darling Downs town of Chinchilla gets covered in a sea of pink and green - and that time is now.

Beginning today and continuing throughout the weekend, the Chinchilla Melon Festival is tipped to draw more than 10,000 people to the town.

The festival is a celebration of the "melon capital" of Australia. Chinchilla produces more than a quarter of Australia's melons.

Festival secretary Tanya Thornton will celebrate her 8th festival this year.

She said it was a fantastic event to be involved with and a great boon for the town.

"The festival draws a lot of people to town and helps out a lot of Chinchilla's community groups who set up stalls and get involved in the activities," she said.

And for those people concerned about the wastage of melons from activities like watermelon skiing, melon bungee, melon bullseye and melon ironman, fear not.

"All of the melons we use are unsaleable," Ms Thornton said.

The cleanup duty again goes back to another community group with the local swimming club facing the daunting and messy task of cleaning up thousands of melons from the weekend's festivities.

For more information on the Chinchilla Melon Festiavl visit melonfest.com.au.


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