Whitfunday nets a crowd
MORE than 1000 people made the trek to Dingo Beach on Sunday for the hamlet's annual family fun day - Whitfunday.
Market stalls, net casting competitions, sideshow alley, sand sculpting, beach races, dagwood dogs, fairy floss, lollies, raffles and competitions galore kept the children enthralled.
The event is organised each year by the Dingo Beach Progress Association and as well as being a fun day out for Whitsunday families, doubles as the organisation's major fundraiser for the year.
While the final figure was still being tallied, association president Andrew Dinnie said the good turnout meant he was fairly certain the day raised more than $9000.
He said the funds would be enough for the group to begin work on its next project developing a campground at the Dingo Beach Community Hall.
Mr Dinnie said the association was looking at enclosing a section underneath the hall and constructing an office space and shower and toilet facilities.
"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 and different groups like that."
But the undisputed highlight of Whitfunday was the $1000 lucky draw prize, won by Proserpine resident Lois Read. Mrs Read, who ran a plant stall with her husband for 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.
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.