The 2010 Hays Inlet Festival was a huge success, with over 5000 people attended the Festival Family Fun Day held on Sunday 6 June at Pelican Park, Clontarf (10am – 4pm). The whole festival ran from 4th to the 12th June 2010 and included an activity-packed calendar of community events held across the catchment attracting over 1000 people in addition to the Festival Family Fun Day.
There were over 30 events held, including walks, boat trips, workshops, tours, tree plantings, school activities, art and music.
The Festival Family Fun Day was a hive of activity and fun with the following main attractions:
- The SEQ Catchments Explore It Tent provided stalls, demonstrations, performances and talks showcasing educational and scientific information on our environment through fun and interactive methods for children and the young at heart;
- The Healthy Waterways Healthy Living Tent provided a range of stalls, workshops and talks from local natural health practitioners, artists, Indigenous groups and schools showcasing ways to live a health lifestyle;
- The Main Stage showcased local and regional musicians (including the famous Australian Idol finalist, Chrislyn Hamilton, band Dubmarine and local stars, Freak Morice and more), cultural dancers, UPcycled fashion and festival mascots;
- 47 market stalls providing environmentally focused information, demonstrations, workshops, art, competitions and 15 healthy food and drink stalls.
- 16 activities for children including jumping castles, rock climb, kite making and flying, nest box making, natural candle making, wildlife demonstrations, face painting, Fishing for the Future activities along with 5 walks with a shuttle bus to local destinations, suitable for all ages.
Feedback from Participants
All feedback from Festival Family Fun Day stall holders indicated they were either ‘pleased’ or ‘very pleased’ with the prior support/information they received and the overall organisation of the event, giving the event an average score of 8.5 out of 10.
90% of respondents indicated they were happy with their level of interest attracted to their stall.
“I thought the festival was well run and happy for our organization to be associated. It allowed exposure to local community groups, which was valuable.” ~ Stall holder
“All in all it was an amazing effort from the coordinating team; the festival was an amazing success and can only be expected to build into a bigger event in the future!” ~ Sponsor
“Bendigo Bank was so impressed on the day they wanted to further invest into managing Hays Inlet. Lot’s of trees have already been arranged and will be planted by community volunteers in the next few weeks.” ~ Organiser.
“The Hays Inlet Festival was amazing today – I think we need more events like this funded to raise awareness of our communities…sooo much fun!” ~ Participant
“I’ve been going to most large local events for years and this was definitely the best event we’ve had on the Redcliffe Peninsular.” ~ Participant
“It was so good to go to a local festival that actually felt like it was ‘for the community’ rather than being about getting as many people as possible along to ‘buy things’ … was great to see so much activity, instead of just passive ‘participation’.”