Procession, beach fun enjoyed by all
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
THIS year's Pinefest was a smash success.
The finale, held yesterday in Yeppoon, attracted more than 10,000 people, organisers said.
A sand sculpture competition, Pineapple Olympics, and fashion parade were only a few of the activities held along Yeppoon Main beach yesterday.
Of course, the main event was the Great Barrier Reef Resort street parade.
Event organiser Brian Dorey said this year's parade was bigger than ever.
"We had a huge procession of floats,'' he said.
"The beachfront was absolutely packed.''
Over 50 groups took part, and $100 prizes were given to the most creative floats.
Among the winners, was the Blue Care Respite Centre group, which won best overall float.
It included a massive trailer elaborately decorated with the fish, fillies and fruit theme.
About 300 fish, seahorses and cut-out pineapples were glued to the trailer. Livingstone Shire Council won the Pinefest theme prize.
The float included a Jamaican steel band and large jellyfish. Pinefest has been running for more than 38 years in Yeppoon and Councillor Dorey said it continued to get bigger each year.
"The event brings nearly one million dollars to the area,'' he said.
"It just gets more pumped up each year.''
Cr Dorey has been organising Pinefest for five years, but said this year would be his last.