Mitchell Gaddes and Ethan Columbus put the finishing touches to the Cyber Party ride.
Mitchell Gaddes and Ethan Columbus put the finishing touches to the Cyber Party ride. Mike Richards

Waves of fun as big week goes from strength to strength

GLADSTONE's biggest week of the year is about to kick off with the 2014 Harbour Festival.

What was once a one-day celebration to greet the winners of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is a now week-long, jam-packed celebration.

In its 52nd year, the festival these days showcases the region and enforces what a strong community can achieve through its dedicated citizens, community groups, council, business and industry.

It is the longest-running community festival celebrated in the Gladstone region and every year thousands of people flock to the Gladstone Marina Parklands to enjoy the event, which coincides with the Easter break, along with its free family entertainment, rides, delicious food, novelty events and much more.

Year after year a dedicated team of hardworking local volunteers give up their holidays and time to oversee the running of the festival, which a host of sponsors support.

Gladstone Festival and Events president Ray Lewis said there was a huge array of entertainment and activities provided for the community.

He said organisers had been going since Tuesday, but the festival would be ready to get under way with the street parade at 4pm on Sunday.

"We've got over 40 floats in the parade, which is a fantastic effort, and I take my hat off to those participants who put an entry in considering we only had five weeks after Workforce International decided to help us out to get the parade up and running this year," he said.

"We'd love the community to get out there and support them - and all the festivities - over the next week."

Here's a quick look at what you can get up to...

Sunday:

Workforce International street parade, from 4pm along Goondoon St to the marina.

QGC's opening night celebrations with performances and the crowning of the Queen Quest entrants.

WICET fireworks display, approx 8.30pm.

Monday:

Manic Monday Night with free main stage entertainment by The Corporates.

Tuesday:

GLNG and Zinc's Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands, local live talent on the marina stage.

Wednesday:

APLNG's Community Carnival with Latin music, fire dancers, stilt walkers, samba dancing and fireworks.

Thursday:

GPC Family Fun Night with Fireman Sam, Peppa Pig and Scooby Doo, with 8pm fireworks.

Friday:

The Observer's Marina Markets from 8am-4pm.

2 for 1 ride coupons from The Observer.

NRG's Great Raft Race, from 10.30am.

Aurizon Kids entertainment throughout the day and Orica's Spectacular from 7pm.

Saturday:

Bush Poet's Breakfast.

Stockland Gladstone's Teddy Bear's Picnic.

The Observer's Marina Markets from 8am-4pm.

2 for 1 ride coupons from The Observer.

Aurizon Kids entertainment throughout the day

Bechtel's Festival Finale from 7pm.

Sunday:

Jazz 'n Shiraz from 6.30pm, tickets still available.

Nightly:

Bechtel's street entertainment, lots of fun rides, food and novelties.

ROAD CLOSURES

Street Parade:

Tank St, Goondoon St, Lord St, Bryan Jordan Dr, Matthew Flinders Bridge closed between 3-7pm Sunday

Raft Race:

Matthew Flinders Bridge closed between 9-11.30am on Friday, April 18



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