Easter on the Macintyre Festival set to rock Goondiwindi

A special feature of the festival will be a film documenting the construction of the Gunsynd statue. Pictured is Kleinschmidt Community Trust member Graeme Scheu.
A special feature of the festival will be a film documenting the construction of the Gunsynd statue. Pictured is Kleinschmidt Community Trust member Graeme Scheu.

From quilt displays to monster fireworks, there’ll be something for everyone in the sixth annual Easter on the Macintyre Festival from March 29 – April 2. 

This year, the state and national waterski titles are sure to draw a crowd to  Goondiwindi Ski Club as sports lovers gather to see world class competitors. The Titles will run from 23 March to April 2 and the Natural Heritage Water Park will be closed over that period.

Easter on the Macintyre festival is a community event that is jam-packed with activities over the four days of Easter. It comes by virtue of a great stalwart of Goondiwindi in Vern Kleinschmidt.

“Just before his passing, he did say ‘wouldn’t it be great if we were like Sydney and had the fireworks display on the bridge?’ Unfortunately he never got to see one of these because he passed on before it came to be, but it was one of his wishes,” Graeme Scheu said. 

One of three members of the Kleinschmidt Community Trust, Mr Scheu was proud to see the event so community-focused.

Organisers of the national waterski titles are encouraging spectators to visit other Easter on the Macintyre events.

Organisers of the national waterski titles are encouraging spectators to visit other Easter on the Macintyre events.

With visitors already in town for the ski titles and many returning home for Easter reunions, this could be the biggest Easter on the Macintyre event yet.  

To add to the excitement, this year’s festival is only four days prior to the opening of the Commonwealth Games and interstate visitors are encouraged to make Goondiwindi a part of their Commonwealth Games experience.

Local sports clubs will offer events including bowls and golf and many fine dining experiences will be available.

Some of Goondiwindi’s finest young musical talent will be on the big stage from 6pm on Super Saturday while Kids Korner, the Bozo Bus and jumping castles will all be operating in the park area.

The finale of last year's fireworks display indicated big plans for this year; as Goondiwindi prepares to make the most of being a “gateway to Queensland” as the Commonwealth Games begin.

The finale of last year's fireworks display indicated big plans for this year; as Goondiwindi prepares to make the most of being a “gateway to Queensland” as the Commonwealth Games begin.

A special feature of the evening’s entertainment will be a tribute to the Apex Club of Goondiwindi. An old family film reel has been digitised and the short film tribute will be displayed on the big PCYC screen, displaying the challenges encountered by the Apex Club when the Gunsynd Statue was erected in June 1974.

“I think those that see it will be really, really taken by what happened and how they constructed it,” Mr Scheu said.

“We’ve kept it as part of history, and will go to the local history group.”

Other highlights of the festival include the quilts and crafts mini market at the Golden Age Centre on Saturday and Sunday, the Saturday Parkrun and the family fishing competition.

This will be followed by the fireworks display and the night will wind up with musical entertainment by local band – Today we Reign.

The bridge will be closed from noon Saturday until Sunday morning and the precinct along Macintyre Street between Pratten and McLean Street will be closed. 

The Customs House Museum will be open from 9am to 1pm and an evening market day will operate from 5pm in Macintyre Street. 

Full details of Easter on the Macintyre are on Facebook.

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