PICNIC blankets, teacups and teddy bears came from far and wide to dance and enjoy the brilliant weather during the Gladstone Harbour Festival on Saturday.

A young audience gathered at the marina stage to participate in a playful morning filled with song and dance during the Teddy Bears' Picnic.

Easter bonnets were created before the children jumped up to be entertained by performers.

The Weston family was among the crowd revelling in the spirit of Easter.

"We all love this time of year in Gladstone," said mum Shelley of the event.

"There's so much to do for the family, and just getting to spend time off with the hubby and kids is magical."

Across the way, stallholders began setting up for a busy day at The Observer Marina Markets.

Wares from socks to jewellery, woodwork and candles were for sale, drawing in large crowds throughout the day.

There were plenty of other festival events on over the Easter long weekend, with Pete the Peddlin' Pincher a crowd favourite at the Bush Poet's Breakfast on Saturday morning.

An impressive crowd of 140 enjoyed a traditional Aussie breakfast courtesy of a team of volunteers.

Organiser Raymond Lewis said it had been an enormous success.

"We had a great breakfast this morning and a great turn out," he said.

"The volunteers are beginning to get tired - they didn't get to bed until midnight and were up at 5am.

"We love trying to do something for our community."

The team of poets had the crowd in roars of laughter.

Leanne Strauss recited a hilarious poem about Pete, a man whose pinching fingers led to his demise.

Saturday also saw runners take part in the festival's annual fun run/walk.

The Acca Dacca tribute band thrilled audiences into the evening.

As fireworks exploded into the night sky over Auckland Creek, it was an impressive conclusion to a superb final day of fun at the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

Crooner Tom Burlinson spent Sunday afternoon perfecting his play list at a sound check for his Jazz n Shiraz performance in Gladstone.

The Frank Sinatra fan delighted music lovers with songs by some of the world's greatest musicians including Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr.



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