A great Sunday for Whitfunday

Bevan Hilan casts his net in this year's junior Cast Net Throwing Competition at Whitfunday.
Bevan Hilan casts his net in this year's junior Cast Net Throwing Competition at Whitfunday.

THIS year's Whitfunday proved to be among the most successful ever as almost 1400 people ventured to Dingo Beach on Sunday.

The annual event had more rides, stalls and competitions then ever before, and both kids and adults enjoyed a great family day along the foreshore.

Among the rides were the traditional jumping castle, merry-go-round and scrambler. A new attraction, the new bungee jumping ride also proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

Competitions such as the Family Sand Sculpting competition, the World Dummy Spitting competition and the new Hand Reel Quoits competition drew huge crowds as contenders battled it out for these prestigious titles.

Whitfunday co-ordinator Wayne Ripper said it was great to see so many people enjoying the family-friendly environment.

“For us (the organisers), it's great to see people enjoying the event so much and we're all so happy,” Mr Ripper said.

“It would have to be the best of many years with the biggest crowd we've had in a number of years.”

Mr Ripper said the organisers greatly appreciated the support of local businesses that helped make the day such a huge success.

“We're obviously very grateful to all of our supporters and the event wouldn't be possible without so much support,” he said.

“As a result of the success, we also raised the most money in a number of years.”

The funds raised from Whitfunday will go towards the interior fit-out of the new Dingo Beach community centre.

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