River Festival sets new standard for Rockhampton

Published on 17 July 2017


The Rockhampton River Festival has cemented its place as regional Queensland’s premier winter festival with more than 40-thousand people flocking to the three-day event.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the incredible support shown at this year’s festival had set a new benchmark for large-scale events in the region.

“This year’s River Festival has raised the bar for future events and the support shown by the community overwhelmingly made it the roaring success that it was,” Mayor Strelow said.

“Whether you were basking in the Young Hollywood decadence of the Spiegeltent or walking through the crowd with a 3-metre puppet shadowing your footfalls, the entertainment on display this year was absolutely world-class.


“When it came to the food and markets there was more variety than ever on display with the added benefit that many of the local stallholders were also showcasing our premium local produce at the same time as they served up their

delicious dishes.

“The best part about this festival is that it was a festival for everyone. We had the glitz and glamour of the 1920s at the Prohibition Party and Great Gatsby Soiree while also providing a wonderland for families with the pallet village, rides and, of course, fireworks displays which wouldn’t be out of place in any capital city.

“There was a lot of work put in to make this event what it was and I’d like to thank all the staff, volunteers and sponsors who put in their time, effort, blood, sweat and tears to make this a truly remarkable event,” Mayor Strelow said.