Australia Day fun at Yeppoon beats heavy rainfall in region
AS the rain and wind continued their relentless journey south, four days of chaotic weather cleared in time for the show to go on in Yeppoon yesterday.
The traditional Capricorn Coast Australia Day celebrations got under way 48 hours late this year.
But even though crowd numbers were much lower than normal, several hotly contested events attracted the best of the bunch.
Competition was rife as the cream of CQ competed for over $1000 in cash and prizes in the Mirror Sand Sculpture competition, The Morning Bulletin Bare-Bottom Boat Beach Race and the ice-cream licking competition.
The annual celebration on Yeppoon's main beach is recognised as one of the largest in Queensland.
While many other events were cancelled in Queensland yesterday, the Capricorn Coast Community Event's team moved quickly last week to put contingency plans in place.
CCCE chairman and event co-ordinator Bill Ludwig praised the organising committee's team effort to ensure the event went ahead.
"Like the SES crews who have worked around the clock to keep our community safe, and are now in the frontline of the clean-up operations, the organising committee just wanted to do our bit to ensure our region's celebrations went ahead," Mr Ludwig said.
Market stalls, street theatre and rides, beach sculptures, hypnotists, circus performers, poets and musicians all combined to put on the Capricorn Coast's 19th Australia Day celebration.