Floodfest chance to take time-out

The Cat Empire is bringing its smooth sound to Emerald audiences.
The Cat Empire is bringing its smooth sound to Emerald audiences.

GET your party hat on and celebrate the heroes of the Central Highlands at Floodfest next Saturday.

BMA is hosting Floodfest to recognise and thank the hundreds of people helping to clean up and rebuild after the flood.

Enjoy the music of the Cat Empire, Busby Marou and Rob Black while the kids start jumping with joy as Hi-5 and the new Dorothy the Dinosaur and her friends perform.

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said Floodfest had come at a good time as people were struggling at the moment.

He said he hoped the event would help with recovery efforts by lifting the spirits of those who were finding it tough to carry on.

“For those in particular, it is an opportunity for people to go out and enjoy themselves,” he said.

“It’s not just for Emerald, everyone around the region is invited as everyone has been impacted like rural farmers, and people around the region have been affected in some way.”

He said while there were great acts coming for entertainment, the event was also for people to socialise and have fun.

“It’s free to go to... meet a lot of people and have a good yarn,” he added.

There will be free amusement and camel rides and performances from local dance and singing groups.

The event starts at noon next Saturday at the AgGrow site with plenty of food on sale.

Floodfest will coincide with Queensland Week, from Saturday June 4 to Monday June 13, which will pay tribute to the many throughout the state who contributed to the helping clean up after the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi.

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