Celebrate our country
THERE will be little chance of a quiet time on the Main Beach at Yeppoon this Thursday with hundreds of local Rockhampton residents taking part in the Australia Day Beach Party celebrations.
Event co-ordinator Bill Ludwig said this year's celebrations are going to be bigger and better than ever.
"We have upped the ante this year securing great new sponsors as well as having some A-list acts such as Tripod and Sam Angelico," he said.
"The beach party has been running for 17 years with over 15,000 people taking part."
The day will consist of various different events including beach races, market stores, entertainment, rides, sandcastle and ice-cream eating competitions as well as street performers appearing throughout the day.
The Morning Bulletin Bare-Bottom Regatta has always been one of the most popular events on the day, with teams of four running in a lightweight, bottomless boat racing over about 100m.
The Boat Club Challenge is scheduled to commence about 3pm with all teams being on site and registered at the official marquee by 2.45pm.
A relatively new event at the Great Australia Day Beach Party is the Club 2 Club Surf Challenge.
The first leg of the race is a 400m beach sprint/run from the Yeppoon Surf Lifesavers Club to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
The next leg involves participants swimming out to a buoy about 200 metres offshore, then swimming parallel to the beach 400 metres before returning to shore at the Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club.
People who are interested in street performance are urged to contact Mr Ludwig (0428 791 792) with performance workshops beginning on Wednesday at 9am.
CELEBRATE our sunburnt country on Australia Day by picking up a beach ball from participating newsagencies when you buy your copy of The Morning Bulletin (both for $5). Available now until January 26 while stocks last.