Pinefest brings sweet history
HISTORY will be written when Central Queensland's longest running street parade splashes colour, energy, culture and music into the spectacle of the Grand Coal Train Pinefest Street Parade on Sunday, October 15, at Yeppoon.
This will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions International and founding of Yeppoon Lions Club half a century ago.
Piggybacking two successive years of record-breaking number of entries, the 2017 Pinefest theme - "Golden Moments - 50 Years of Yeppoon Lions Pinefest” is expected to bring imaginative and nostalgic mobile and on-foot displays to celebrate this festival milestone.
The newly crowned Pinefest Ambassador and Charity Ambassador will be accompanied by an entourage of coupes seating past ambassadors and Pineapple Queens, as they were named prior to 1991.
For the first time since 1990, the route of the street parade will extend eastward to Anzac Parade roundabout and return down Normanby and James Sts, made possible by the opening of Panorama Drive from Farnborough Rd to Adelaide Park Rd.
Octogenarian parade organiser Brian Dorey, now in his 51st year on the Pinefest Committee, is revved up and encourages all to make this golden moment the most spectacular and exciting.
"The community is invited "to get out of the box” with their creative designs for entries in what is planned to be the most sensational street parade in the three-day program of festivities,” he said.
Prize money in cash has been jacked up to $1800.
Due the generosity of sponsors, the anniversary parade has been lifted to 14 awards for champion entries (website: yeppoonlions.com.au).
For pomp and ceremony, staging Australian Army Cadet Unit 123 Unit and combined Australian Air Force Cadet Squadrons 227 and 229 Yeppoon and Training Ship Rockhampton Naval Cadets have been invited to lead the parade behind the Central Queensland Pipe and Drum Band.
Capricornia Silver Band will herald the spectacle of the decorated street parade.
Local pineapple growers have generously offered to supply and distribute fresh picked fruit to the thousands of spectators that line the route.