Goondiwindi's own Riverfire on the Macintyre set to blast off

Goondiwindi's own riverfire is on Easter Saturday.
Goondiwindi's own riverfire is on Easter Saturday.

Easter on the Macintyre is all set to blast off in more ways than one.

The popular Easter festival follows in the wake of the most successful-ever Picnic Races. "The Picnics are a magnificent community event and the Easter festival yet again allows us to celebrate regional living at its best," Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu said.

"The Easter festival is in the seventh year and while activities are a little smaller this year, it is sure to be a great weekend," he said. It will be boosted by Thunda Downunder, which is expected to attract thousands of rocket and fireworks fans to "Funny Farm" near Tarawera.

"Already 72 Kiwi visitors have booked in to visit the district," Cr Scheu said. For full details go to website

Other events include the Bowls Club Easter raffles and barefoot bowls on Thursday night while "the big day is undoubtedly Saturday". It begins with Easter Park Run from Riddles Oval at 7am followed by the Easter Mini-Market at the Old Golden Age.There are cold meat salad lunches from noon.

The young and the young-at-heart aren't forgotten with The Cinema showing Dumbo, The Lego Movie II, The Missing Link and Wonder Park.

Following an Easter Service, it is down to the old Border Bridge Precinct. There's market stalls from 5pm while the evening will be in full swing by 6pm. The Rotary Club's Bozo Bus is a big hit with the kids, there's jumping castles and a visit by a special guest who will hop in from 6pm. The Rotary, Lions and Apex Clubs will cater while Phil O'Shea and Sam Brown will entertain the crowd until 8pm.

Why not pop by the Macintyre Pet Rescue and see how you can help this wonderful community charity. "Then it is all eyes on the bridge for the Kleinschmidt Community Trust Annual Easter on the Macintyre Fireworks display at 8pm. It is always a great night and local pyro-technician Jodie McCall promises it will be as spectacular as ever," Cr Scheu said.

To wind up the night, the Goondiwindi High School students, who are busy preparing for their upcoming Sound of Music Musical on May 23-24, will present two numbers from Sound of Music production.