Stall holder Belinda Neale at River Festival. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Stall holder Belinda Neale at River Festival. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

River Fest trader's spirit undampened despite closure

BELINDA Neale arrived to Rockhampton on Thursday to dry skies and a hopeful outlook on the weekend.

The owner of Piping Hot Woodfire Pizza made the trip from Bundaberg to trade at the Rockhampton River Festival.

But come Saturday morning, she was all washed out.

"I got a phone call at 7.15 to say my marquee had just totally been squashed," she said yesterday while packing up in the rain.

"The water sat on top of it and just squashed all the frame, so I didn't really think we would be trading today anyway.

"I actually contacted someone that was involved in the organisation and they just said it was going to go ahead, I don't think they expected this much rain either."

Belinda had expected to be in town for ten days, as she was booked to trade at the camp draft as well, which also currently looks likely to be cancelled.

But she would not be deterred.

Belinda said she loved the River Fest event, and was even going to wait it out today to see if the weather improves.

"I am actually going to stay here and see what happens," she said.

"This is a big of a hiccup and that is it. We will recover from this, we have next weekend and the weekend after that.

"I came here last year for this and it was a great event. This hasn't wrecked it for me, I will definitely come back again for this."



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