WATCH THE CROC: Ashleigh, Daniel and Jason Beams created a crocodile during the sandcastle competition at Whitfunday.
WATCH THE CROC: Ashleigh, Daniel and Jason Beams created a crocodile during the sandcastle competition at Whitfunday. Keagan Ryan

Fun and games at Dingo Beach Whitfunday

FOR those who entered, you had a one in 872 chance of taking out the $1000 lucky draw prize at Whitfunday at the weekend.

And of the 872 people registered in the draw, Proserpine's Lois Read was the very lucky winner.

Mrs Read, who was running a plant stall with her husband throughout the day, was packing up when a friend ran over and told her she'd won the $1000.

After a busy day selling bromeliads and desert roses, Mrs Read said the win was the "icing on the cake".

"I just raced over to the stage - I only had a minute or so to get over there," she said.

"I did move very quickly.

"I was very excited. I donated $50 back to the progress association. The rest of it has paid the registration on my car."

Earlier in the day, the Goodwin family won the Cruise Whitsundays Family Sand Sculpting Competition, earning them a return trip to Cruise Whitsundays' Reef World.

Roughly 1000 people turned out for the family fun day, which doubles as the Dingo Beach Progress Association's annual fundraiser.

Association president Andrew Dinnie said there was a good roll up, and the fine weather had "heaps and heaps" of children about.

While the final figure is still being tallied, Mr Dinnie said he was fairly certain the day raised enough money for the organisation to begin work on their next project, developing a campground at the Dingo Beach Community Hall.

Mr Dinnie said the association would be looking at enclosing a section underneath the hall and constructing an office, shower and toilet facility.

"We'll start looking at planning now and getting some prices in and see if we can get it done," he said.

"It's part of our special interest campground that we're trying to develop for local schools, scout organisations, different groups like that."

While next year's Queen's Birthday public holiday has been moved to October 3, Mr Dinnie said Whitfunday would continue to be held in June.


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