Rockhampton Eisteddfod adjudicator Tracy-Lee McKinney is appealing for volunteers for the event.
Rockhampton Eisteddfod adjudicator Tracy-Lee McKinney is appealing for volunteers for the event. Chris Ison

Show needs volunteers

AN adjudicator has warned that Rockhampton might not see any more eisteddfods if volunteers don't come forward to help.

Tracy-Lee McKinney said the showcase for talented Central Queensland youngsters was in dire need.

"This is one of the longest-standing eisteddfods in Australia," Ms McKinney said.

"The talent here is exceptional.

"If it's going to continue it needs the support of the community."

A dancer, Ms McKinney holds many dance, singing, speech and drama qualifications and was an adjudicator at eight eisteddfods across the country last year alone.

She owned a dance school in Tamworth and several of her own past dance students have worked in musicals and ballet companies in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

The talented performer and teacher said it would be disappointing to see the high level of talent drop in the region because locals wouldn't be able to participate in an eisteddfod.

"People will have to travel hours to another eisteddfod," Ms McKinney said.

"And some won't have the money to do that."

Ms McKinney praised the attitude and performances of competitors and the effort of parents and teachers.

"It's some of the best choreography I've seen," she said.

"They are tight and well-rehearsed.

"The effort that the families and teachers put in is fantastic.

"And I'm amazed at how happy they are to congratulate each other, no matter who places first, second or third."

Volunteering is not the only way the community can get behind the event.

Ms McKinney encouraged locals to come along to the 77th Rockhampton Eisteddfod and watch the acts.

"It's the best entertainment for the least amount of money," she said.

 

SHOW-STOPPER

77th Rockhampton Eisteddfod

  • About 7000 children expect to participate
  • Events include speech, drama, choirs, dancing, vocal, instrumental and singing
  • To volunteer, call 4927 2036


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