Whitsundays on parade

GREAT weather and a large crowd of people from the Whitsundays and further away made for a highly successful 10th annual Whitsunday Reef Festival.

Volunteer Festival Chairperson Jeff Aquilina said the mixture of new and old events was a real drawcard for locals and tourists.

“We had such a great combination of new events and old favourites, and not only did the locals turn out, but plenty of families travelled from Mackay and surrounds to enjoy the festival,” he said.

“We are really thankful to everyone who attended the festival over the weekend and supported their community event.”

The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Street Parade again featured at this year's festival with onlookers gathering to check out the 33 often weird and wacky floats that graced Airlie Beach main street on Saturday afternoon.

The man with the microphone, Rotarian John Powell MC'd this year's street parade and said there was great variation among the high standard of entries.

He added that it was great to see a mixture of new entries as well as the old faithfuls like ‘We Do Scooters' representing the many wonders of the Whitsundays.

“Airlie Beach - what a wonderful place to live,” he said.

Street Parade results

Special Judges Commendations: Whitsunday Regional Council, St Catherine's School, Big4 Adventure Whitsunday

Best Not for Profit Organisation ($250 prize): Compass Whitsundays – ‘the Community Ark'

Best Business ($250 prize): Hydraulink Whitsundays – ‘Tiki Express'

Best Theme ($250 prize): Ngaro Traditional Owners – ‘Corroborree Time'

Most Unusual and Wacky ($250 prize): Total Weddings

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