Lions’ Fireworks takes out event of the year

Fireworks at Riddles has become a Goondiwindi tradition.

Fireworks at Riddles has become a Goondiwindi tradition.

The Lions’ Fireworks in the Park, which today is Fireworks at Riddles, is the Australia Day Event of the Year.

It doesn’t come as a huge surrpise.

The Christmas Eve fireworks’ display is on most residents’ “do not miss” list.

The  fireworks originally began in the Town Park area in 1948 by a committee of local business people. The event proved a hit with families. It’s popularity grew to such an extent it had to be moved to Riddles.

And now the oval is jam-packed every year.

In 1968 the Lions Club of Goondiwindi was approached to take over the running of the event, making 2017 the club’s 50th anniversary of its involvement.

The fireworks are generously supported by donations from local business houses, which enables Lions to keep the evening a free family gathering.

The Club said the display provides a safe and relaxing environment for families and friends to gather and catch up on Christmas Eve with entertainment, a visit from Santa and the highlight of the evening the fireworks.

Whilst there is no recording of numbers crowds over the past few years ahve been estimated as between 4-5000.