BRIGHT IDEAS: Rockhampton River Festival organiser Sarah Reeves is excited to see Quay Lane decorated with hundreds of lanterns as part of the four-day event.
BRIGHT IDEAS: Rockhampton River Festival organiser Sarah Reeves is excited to see Quay Lane decorated with hundreds of lanterns as part of the four-day event. Chris Ison Rokcfestival

Finishing touches for River Festival

THE lanterns are ordered, the beach umbrellas have arrived; now Sarah Reeves just needs to decide where to put them.

The manager of Rockhampton council's regional promotions division has been busy preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton River Festival in July.

Sarah and her dedicated team have been working on the mammoth task since January, when all they had to go off was a date and a logo.

With the theme Beneath the Surface, Sarah hopes the event will showcase all that Rockhampton has to offer.

"We've designed an event that fits all the different demographics in Rockhampton," she said.

"It's an opportunity to showcase everything. The outside perception of Rockhampton is that it's all about beef and mining, but there's so much more to offer and to celebrate."

With the event running over four days in July, it is packed full of everything from Melbourne-style markets, local artists, parties, a temporary beach and multicultural food.

Sarah said as far as planning was concerned, all that was left to do was some fine-tuning.

"It's an event so there is always lots to do... it's all coming together," she said.

"It's just trying to manage the last-minute requests that we're doing at the moment. All the music is booked in, all the decorations have been received and it's just a matter of setting up."

Sarah is hopeful the event will become an annual feature for the region.

"We do want to keep this as a yearly event, we want it to go really well," she said.

"It's also about how the community works with us. I have been amazed by how people have just stepped up to support the event."

The exciting weekend will host three separate fireworks displays.

After all the work and stressful nights, Sarah is left with one standout favourite in the event.

"I'm really excited about Quay Lane," she said.

"It will look spectacular with all the lanterns; we have ordered over 300 of them. We are hoping it will remind people of the Melbourne-style laneway festivals."

Interested?

WHEN: July 9 to 12

WHERE: Quay St and Quay Lane between Fitzroy St and William St

WHAT: Family entertainment, gourmet food and wine, art, music, retail therapy, fireworks, temporary beach, market stalls

Tickets available on the website



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