Goondiwindi is gearing up for another massive weekend thanks to enormous support from the Port of Brisbane and other race-day sponsors.
The Port of Brisbane staff arrive in town on Friday afternoon and start the festivities off with the Port of Brisbane Club chook run, a popular event at the picturesque Goondiwindi Golf Club. Forty-seven slots have already been booked and presentations will take place at 5.30pm before the contingent transfers to the PCYC Golden Age Centre for the Rupert McCall book launch that night.
Each year, Port of Brisbane try to attract an entertaining guest. The last two years has seen Peter Moody with the Black Caviar story and last year Peter Tighe with the Winx story. This year, poet Rupert McCall has accepted the offer to return to Goondiwindi. His visit coincides with the release of his latest book, Golden Soil.
Rupert will then join the Race Club committee and Port of Brisbane as guest at Gunsynd Park on Saturday for the Port of Brisbane Cup.
Saturday the Port staff will be around the CBD area and have come up with a generous coffee promotion with the six coffee shops in town. The first 25 people into the shops will each receive a fully reusable coffee mug and a cup of coffee of their choice.
"As the hub of the Port's catchment for export grains and seeds, Goondiwindi has long been a great area for us at the Port," Chief Operating Officer, Peter Keyte, said. "This is just one small gesture we can offer locals in these tough drought and fire conditions. It is our aim to have as many visitors as possible firstly come to town and then spend a few bob in local shops and businesses. There are some pretty outstanding retail outlets in Goondiwindi and we just hope that these events may boost the local economy just that little bit."
The Larder, Neens, Acorn, Laurenz and OK Milk Bar will be opening from 8am while O'Sheas Royal Hotel will cater for the first 25 from 10am. After lunch, it is off to the races to join co-sponsors in Wagner's, Interlink/Seaway/Qube and Graincorp for the seventh annual Port of Brisbane Cup.
There's light entertainment during the day, jumping castles for the kids, catering, bar, bookies and Phil and Sam will be playing until 8.30pm.
To wind up the weekend, The Port crew will transfer to the Golf Club from 6pm for the Community Christmas Party.
Unfortunately, the fireworks had to be cancelled due to the current state fire restrictions but the show will go on with a 70's music countdown.
There will be best-dressed awards and live entertainment will be supplied by golf pro Nicky Kruger and his father, Pieter.
The kids will not be forgotten either with Santa and his sleigh visiting just after 6.30pm with lollies and gifts.
There will also be kids movies on the big screen, jumping castles and numerous children's activities.
Patrons will have the option of restaurant-style meals or the good old-fashion barbecue.
"On Sunday we will have an early breakfast at the Royal before everyone heads home," organiser, Graeme Scheu said. "I hope the people of the Goondiwindi region come along and join us at one of the many events sponsored by the Port of Brisbane.
"See you there," he said.