When it comes to festivals, there is nothing quite like the Childers Festival held every year on the last weekend in July.
Featuring a myriad of performers, artists and bands and food from every corner of the world, the Childers Festival is the only festival in Queensland which sees the Bruce Highway closed for the day.
From early on Sunday, which is the main day of the festival, highway traffic is diverted to allow Churchill Street to be transformed into a gigantic food, market stall and entertainment hub. Over the years, the festival has fine-tuned the stalls to ensure that the very best of the Wide Bay and beyond have been selected. Cuisine from dozens of countries is available including Japanese, kebabs, Hungarian dishes and German sausages, while local eating establishments will provide the opportunity for sitdown meals.
For first time festival visitors, the experience of wandering along the Leopard tree lined highway and down the side streets amidst heritage listed and historic buildings, is almost as exciting as the non-stop music, smorgasbord of food and party atmosphere which pulses throughout the day.
The event kicks off on the Saturday afternoon at 2.00 p.m. with a street party based in Crescent Street with lively bands performing well into the night while the main festival day on Sunday begins at 9 am and continues through to 3.30 pm.
The 2013 festival marks the 18th year the event has been held in Childers and promises to be as exciting as ever with entertainment favourites, The Twine and Walisuma returning.
Parking areas close to the festival site are available at reasonable rates. Those wishing to avail themselves of free parking can take advantage of the shutttle service which regularly runs from the outskirts of Childers to the Festival area.
For more details on the Childers Festival please contact Council's Strategic Events Coordinator Perry Bacon on 1300 883 699.
PLEASE NOTE STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS CLOSED ON 30 APRIL 2013.