Mt Morgan has a ball at festival
MOUNT Morgan was the place to be over the weekend as the town celebrated its culture and heritage with the Golden Mount Festival.
Festivities started on Thursday with a night of jazz at the Mount Morgan Rail Museum Platform and continued on Friday night with the Golden Mount Festival Masquerade Ball.
Saturday brought more fun and plenty of activities, including the street market and fair, the parade and traditional Running of the Cutter, with the billy of beer formerly brought to the miners.
Event co-ordinator Jordana Aston said the colourful street parade had attracted a huge spectator crowd.
“We had some fantastic floats,” she said.
The Running of the Cutter drew some last-minute nominations, making for stiff competition, but the boys from the Golden Mount Taxi Service won the $750 prize in the open race.
The team included Wesley James, Mark Graham, Clint Brennan, Tyrone Rienecker, Willy Hayden and Jye McMurray.
In the junior competition, Ray’s Transport was victorious, taking home $420.
Tom Holden, Phillip Bird, Daniel Mitchell, Mitchell Curtis, Jamie Blake and Steven Cunynghame made up the team.
Celebrations continued yesterday with the Newman Oval Golden Mount Festival Association Rodeo Spectacular.
“I think everyone has pretty much enjoyed the whole of the festival,” Ms Aston a said.
“It’s just a celebration of Mount Morgan and its rich history in the gold mining. It celebrates the community of Mount
Today is the final day of the festival, the Big Dam Day Out, a day for families by the Big Dam in Mt Morgan.
It includes a pie-eating competition, an ice-cream eating competition and a fishing competition and live entertainment.
Queensland Festivals and Events, the Queensland Government, Rockhampton Regional Council and Mount Morgan businesses have supported the festival.