Nimble Stitches’ Edna Richardson finds Sandra Bradbury the perfect piece of patchwork fabric at the Fraser Coast Living Expo.
Nimble Stitches’ Edna Richardson finds Sandra Bradbury the perfect piece of patchwork fabric at the Fraser Coast Living Expo. Valerie Horton

Living Expo pulls huge crowd

JAMES REESON has just become a new dad but spent Father's Day in Hervey Bay yesterday cooking up fresh seafood at the Fraser Coast Living Expo.

The celebrity chef had no hard feelings toward the Bay for taking him away from his family and even complimented the local fishing industry for the top quality whiting being pulled in from the Bay.

Mr Reeson took to the presenter's marquee for four shows throughout the two-day expo.

More than 170 exhibitors set up in the grounds of Hervey Bay PCYC and prayed the rain predicted by weather forecasters for Sunday held off until they had all packed up.

Their prayers were answered, with just a few drops falling as stallholders started packing up.

“The weather has held up for us – it's only just started raining now,” organiser Gayle Searle said at 3pm yesterday.

“It was a very successful weekend and we have had good feedback from stallholders but we will be looking forward to being inside the PCYC hall next year.

“We will be having a meeting later this week when we will find out the exact numbers that came through.”

Hordes of people paid the $5 entry to check out the stalls, which ranged from craft, homewares, camping, jewellery, outdoor and gardening products.

A line-up of local entertainers complemented the more famous Mr Reeson and ABC celebrity gardener Tom Wyatt.

Among the musicians who took to the two stages were the Hervey Bay Stage Band and Youth Choir, Maryborough Brass Band, several dance groups, acoustic duo Du tu and country singer Sarah Kay.



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