The Australia Day event at Scarness Park has something for everyone.
The Australia Day event at Scarness Park has something for everyone. Alistair Brightman

Australia Day's biggest event to attract thousands

LIVE entertainment, a ferris wheel, market stalls, games and emu puppets are just a few of the activities on offer at this year's Australia Day event.

The event is expected to attracts thousands of people and raise much needed funds for Meals on Wheels Fraser Community.

Meals on Wheels Fraser Community spokeswoman Barbara Watson said there's something for everyone including a corn bag throwing game that's popular with the children.

Prizes up for grabs for those who can throw a sack of corn through the hole in a board.
Prizes up for grabs for those who can throw a sack of corn through the hole in a board. Alistair Brightman

"People get four little corn bags and they have to throw it onto a board which has got a hole in it,” Mrs Watson said.

"And we've got quite a lot of little prizes that have been donated by the community... they give us vouchers we can award as prizes for anyone that gets the corn bag through the hole.

"I think it's better to throw underhand than overhand, but people do get it in either way.”

Australia Day - Scarness Park. Joanne Possumah cooking up a big feed of sausages.

Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Australia Day - Scarness Park. Joanne Possumah cooking up a big feed of sausages. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Mrs Watson said the entertainment program is jam-packed from 7am to 3pm, with acts from Bollywood dancing to singing.

"The entertainment on the stage is music and dancing,” she said.

"Some people are only on for a few minutes and other are on stage for 30 minutes, it's a very varied program.

"Adults can take a chair or a picnic blanket and sit in the shade and watch the live entertainment.”

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To add amusement, Mrs Watson said there will be emu puppets played by Z-PAC Theatre actors who will interact with the crowd.

"I had a go at making a puppet and showed it to my committee and they thought it was good enough to put up for Australia Day, so I made a couple more,” she said.

"Z-PAC Theatre actors will be walking around with them and have them crossing the road to the Beach House Hotel.”

Meals on Wheels Fraser Community staff members Josephine Austin, Ron Kukulies and Kim Parsons.
Meals on Wheels Fraser Community staff members Josephine Austin, Ron Kukulies and Kim Parsons. Jodie Callcott

Mrs Watson said all money raised from the event will go to Meals on Wheels Fraser Community who service Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

"We would hope we would get somewhere between $2000 to $3000,” she said.

"We'll be looking at getting some sort of battery system for our solar panels.

"We've got lots of solar panels on the roof but we can't put electricity back into the grid because it would overload the wiring.

"It would be nice to have batteries so we could use our own power and become a bit more independent.”

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: Australia Day event

WHERE: Scarness Park, Charlton Esplanade, Scarness

WHEN: Friday, January 26, from 7am to 3pm



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