Opinion

Harbour festival one of the highlights of living here

MANY years ago I recall going to Movie World on the Gold Coast.

The three of us (my daughter was about 10) headed towards a ride called Scooby Doo. We were walking down the passage and our daughter said loudly, "I'm not going on that. It's a roller coaster".

So we turned around and headed back. She was not going near such a scary thing.

Even at the little kids' area she shied away from the small rides.

At one stage my wife and I decided to try out the Wild West ride, and once again there was solid resistance from the young one, so she took photos of us emerging from the top of the mountain and plummeting down into a water trough.

Not many years later we visited Disneyland in Hong Kong and we finally managed to get her interested in a roller coaster.

She hung on for grim death and found that it wasn't all that bad after all, but there was still a sense of reserve.

Come last year and Gladstone Harbour Festival time, and said young lady had the time of her life taking on every ride possible - and she absolutely loved every moment.

No doubt it will be much the same this week as the festival rolls along.

While the rides at our festival are nowhere near your true roller-coaster, they're still challenging enough to make the old tummy rumble a few times.

The festival is one of the great highlights of living in Gladstone, and this year's festival seems to have all the elements to make it once again a fabulous event.

I'm hoping to be able to get to the marina stage most nights this week to take in the action and generally enjoy myself.

Mind you, I think I'll be giving the sideshows a wide berth.

But if you're still into that sort of thing, make sure you grab your two-for-one tickets in today's edition of The Observer.

Topics:  allen winter, gladstone harbour festival, opinion, sideshow




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