Harbour festival organisers thrilled as events draw 70,000

DESPITE some unco-operative weather and concerns as to whether it would even go ahead, organisers of this year's Gladstone Harbour Festival were ecstatic with the community response, after an estimated 70,000 patrons visited last week's festival.

Gladstone Festivals and Events event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith said the week, topped off with a 500-strong crowd at Jazz 'n Shiraz, had been a success in spite of the last-minute rescheduling of some events due to rain.

"We're really happy," Ms Galbraith said. "Obviously it was a bit of a slower start with the rain but it was great that we could reschedule things like the street parade.

"During the week, altogether there would've been about 70,000 patrons through the festival."

The team behind the harbour festival is now focused on finishing tasks to wrap-up the festival, including shut downs, before attention shifts to a debriefing of the event and planning and fine-tuning for next year.

When asked if there was anything the team would do differently for next year's event, Ms Galbraith said: "Not sure yet. We'll sit down in a couple of weeks and discuss it.

"We're always striving to improve and I'm sure we'll have a few new things for next year."



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