Theatre takes to streets

EMBRACING all things Australian will be the order of the day tomorrow for Australia Day celebrations across the region.

Be it a backyard barbecue, beach cricket or joining in the festivities of the Great Australia Day Beach Party to be held at Yeppoon main beach on Thursday, there are plenty of ways to embrace our budding culture.

The beach party always attracts a crowd proudly donning the flag on t-shirts, capes and bikinis.

With street theatre, market stalls, sand sculpture competitions, bare bottom boat races and a sail past by the Capricornia Cruising Yacht Club, the day will have plenty of crazy fun.

The Yeppoon beachfront amphitheatre stage will be the focus of the day's entertainment, with local performers singing, dancing and joking the hours away. Comedians Tri-Pod will close the show, before fireworks light up the sky at 7.15pm.

Rain, hail or shine, in true Aussie battler spirit, the Great Australia Day Beach Party will go ahead despite predictions for rain on the day.

"Rain or shine we are beach partying and celebrating the national day on the beachfront in Yeppoon," said Capricorn Coast Community Events co-ordinator Bill Ludwig.

He explained the program would go ahead, with two large marquees to provide shelter over sections of the amphitheatre.

"Hopefully, we will get some good weather but we will run as much of the program as possible during the day," he said.

"The rides are still coming and the beach activities can still go ahead.

"Hopefully, we will be running the whole program.

"If the night program has to get shifted due to heavy rain, Tri-Pod will be performing at Keppel Bay Sailing Club at 8pm, which will be absolutely free.

"And the Strand Hotel will also put on some entertainment."

Bill explained the events committee had considered moving the Australia Day celebrations to Sunday.

But with no guarantee of better weather and the beach bustling with a nipper competition it was sticking with the plan.

"Bring your beach umbrella for some extra shelter," he said.

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