What's On: RiverFest promotes picture-perfect area
THE picturesque waterways, the ecology and the people that make River Heads the thriving community it is today will be celebrated with RiverFest this weekend.
River Heads Progress Association president Billie Rustin said the suburb was not only the gateway to Fraser Island but also a place of natural beauty that its residents were proud to show off to the rest of the region and its visitors.
"We have such a mixed bag of talented people and we've got a unique environment and the waterways are pristine; we are very lucky," Ms Rustin said.
"It's just a case of letting people know that this area actually exists and we're very proud of it because it's quite beautiful.
"There's half-a-million- plus tourists that go along River Heads Rd, to and from Fraser (Island) each year, and that's a lot of traffic going through this area.
"We need to really start promoting it and get a few tourists dollars into the area."
Ms Rustin was keen to see the two-day festival come to life, starting with monster karaoke at Rivers Cafe tomorrow night.
The fun continues on Saturday from 8am to 2pm, in and around the River Heads Community Hall, with over 60 market stalls, buskers, food, entertainment and an art exhibition by Hervey Bay's award-winning artist Janine Hunt, who will auction off one of her works for charity at the Buccaneers Dinner Dance on Saturday night.
Ms Rustin said an added feature to this year's event was tours of the Food Forest, Community Garden and the River Heads Walking Track with Dr Mike Walker.
"That will be very interesting because he will be talking about the ecology of the vine forest, which he says is one of the most pristine examples of a vine forest that you could ever get.
"So he will be explaining to people what all that means and how human intervention has impacted on different ecological species."
The dinner dance will start at 5.30pm at the Community Hall and includes a two-course meal cooked by River Heads 'super chef' Damien Symes and entertainment by local band Two Tone.
Cost is $18 and bookings are essential by 5pm today on 0499992442 or 41257777.
A free fireworks display will end the event at 7.30pm.