All keen to get their Quota

BOOKWORMS are flocking to the Maryborough City Hall for the annual Quota Bookfest.

“I love coming to Maryborough and the Bookfest is a great excuse,” Gold Coast book enthusiast Anne MacGregor said.

Book enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with more than 100,000 books and the possibility of finding some buried treasures for collectors and readers alike.

Quota Bookfest co-ordinator Lyn Nielsen said Bookfest got bigger and better each year.

“Every year on that first morning there's always a stampede of people pushing and shoving to get to the books first.

“Nothing compares to it.”

Ms Nielsen said the main reason for the success of the Bookfest was that proceeds from the event went to breast cancer research and breast cancer-related projects, in the hope of finding a cure for a disease which affected so many people.

Quota President Anne Maddern said last year's event had raised $7000, which the organisation hoped to top this year.

“We're so grateful for the community's contribution to the Bookfest.

“Not just for donating so many books, but for coming in and buying them as well.

“We had so many books a lot of them ended up in boxes under the tables because there just wasn't enough space to fit them all.

“Someone even donated 600 puzzles.”

The Quota Bookfest attracts all sorts of people from all walks of life.

“Books have always been an attraction for me,” Wide Bay TAFE Teacher Franco Laviano said.

“Anything that has substance is always a good read.”

The Bookfest is open today from 8.30am to 5pm and tomorrow from 8.30am to 11.30am.



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