One week until reef festival

THE Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival is almost here with only one week until the action-packed agenda starts on October 21.

Celebrating its tenth year, this festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with new events squeezed in to bring the town alive for four days of fun.

Events for both tourists and locals include fireworks, live music, a street parade, comedy gala, free family fun day, markets, competitions, wearable art, sand sculpting, reef education and the famous Frocktails fashion show.

Festival volunteer chairperson Jeff Aquilina said the committee was getting very excited about the upcoming festival.

“There's still tickets left to the Airlie Day Spa Comedy Gala, so don't miss out on the festival's opening night laugh-a-thon,” he said.

“Then the weekend is full of free family fun, live entertainment, some great food and a showcase of our local region.

“We have had such great support from our sponsors this year and that has allowed us to keep the vast majority of the events free.”

Entries are also still open for the Rotary street parade until tomorrow (Friday).

The festival has been advertised from Townsville to Mackay, and across Australia and New Zealand so organisers hope to attract increased numbers of visitors to the region throughout the festival which will have a big impact on the tourism industry and local businesses.

Programs are now available throughout businesses in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine, or visit to plan the weekend's events.

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