2012 saw the first Vern Kleinschmidt Goondiwindi Community Trust initiated Easter on the Macintyre event at the bridge on the Macintyre River. The plan was for it to become a free annual family event.
Unfortunately, Covid 19 came along last year and squashed those plans.
“This year, there are still a number of restrictions that make it logistically impossible to stage the event in that format, however with the assistance and cooperation of all involved, we have been able to come up with an alternative option” spokesperson for the Trust, Graeme Scheu announced today.
Instead of a full weekend, this year we will stage an Easter Fireworks and Family Fun Night at Gilbert Oval on Easter Saturday night April 3, between 6pm & 10pm.
The program for the event will be as follows.
6PM to 8PM Children’s Entertainers RED ROCKET 3
8PM TO 8.30PM Monster Fireworks
8.30pm to 10.00PM 60’s, 70’s & 80’s LIVE MUSIC
Many will recall children entertainers Red Rocket 3 who answered a call for the Goondiwindi District at Christmas in 2019 when the Lions Fireworks where cancelled due to fires. The kids seemed to really enjoy these three school teachers from Brisbane with their Wiggles type performance and consequently we have called on Red Rocket 3 once again to be part of this Family Event.
The Service Clubs of Goondiwindi will man all food and drink stands with Jumping Castles and Bozo Bus operating. The grounds will be fully licensed and no alcohol will be allowed to be brought onto the grounds.
Jodie McCall will present the usual Monster Fireworks display with a special Gilbert Oval theme and the night will wind up with a bracket of 60’s, 70’s & 80’s music until 10pm.
The Easter Fireworks and Family Fun Night will be a free event, however pre-registration with Eventbrite is essential for contact tracing. Those planning to attend must pre-register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-fireworks-and-family-fun-night-tickets-141512512735
Two Goondiwindi organisations celebrate major milestones this year and they will both be acknowledged as well. Rotary celebrates 100 years in Australia while the Queensland Ambulance celebrate 100 years of serving Goondiwindi.
Goondiwindi Mayor Lawrence Springborg said “The Easter Family Fun night is shaping up to be a great night for residents and visitors to our region over the Easter period. This is yet another example of many volunteers and businesses coming together to put on a quality event and we encourage all residents to show their support by attending. We thank the Vern Kleinschmidt fund for their on-going contribution to the Goondiwindi region and for showcasing Regional Australia at its best.”
We firmly believe this free entertainment will be well received by the communities despite losing some of the uniqueness that the Bridge venue offers. But a quality Easter Fireworks and Family Fun Night is far better than no fireworks at all. Members of the board of the trust are determined to see Vern’s wish of community enjoyment and participation develop.
We are looking forward to seeing big numbers at this year’s Easter Fireworks and Family Fun Night. Don’t forget to pre-register now. It is free.