Rotary?s musical feast
SEVEN hundred performers, thousands of visitors and enough steakburgers to feed an army, now that's a big birthday party.
Rockhampton's seven Rotary clubs joined forces with clubs from Yeppoon and Mt Morgan yesterday to celebrate the Rotary Centennial Festival at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
The festival marked 100 years of community service by the organisation which started in Chicago in 1905.
Rockhampton East Rotary Club president Ray Young said he was heartened by community support for the festival.
"We give a lot to the community and they are showing their support by coming here today,'' he said.
Mr Young said all of the area's clubs had worked together closely for about 10 months to organise the festival. "The fellowship between clubs has been great,'' he said.
"It has all come together very well.''
He said he hoped the organisation would be around to celebrate its 200th birthday.
"Rotary is about giving back to the community and helping all sorts of people,'' he said.
"So I think it is very important that it continues for another 100 years.''
Performances yesterday included school bands, dance displays, fashion parades and local country, rock and jazz groups.