BCC Festival set to be bigger and better than before

Bundaberg Christian College invites the whole community to head along.

Bundaberg Christian College at last year's BCC Festival.
Bundaberg Christian College drama students got the crowds laughing at last year's BCC Festival.

Expanding on the traditional school fete Bundaberg Christian College is preparing its elaborate BCC Festival for this Saturday.

Attracting approximately 3000 visitors to the previous festival, this year's is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

The event will feature 50 market stalls, including Countrywide Cafe of the Year Alowishus, and amusement rides to keep every thrill seeker happy.

BCC marketing and promotion officer Estelle Pretorius said students and teachers had put in the hard yards to make sure the day would go off without a hitch.

Along with the traditional school fete stalls run by students, a number of local businesses will be set up and ready to roll as the gates open at 9 am.

“We have many new stalls that weren’t here last year,” Estelle said.

“It’s really starting to look amazing here already.”

Estelle said there would also be extensive Ag farm activities, including cattle showing and judging displays, whip cracking, fresh produce and an equestrian display.

“Students will also get involved in boot scooting and Celtic dancing,” Estelle said.

“And of course the Ag farm and equestrian – which is part of the extracurricular activities for our students.”

A Preptastic event at Bundaberg Christian College

But that’s not all, for those with children heading to Prep next year there is the popular Preptastic event; a program aimed at students 5 years old and younger.

Preptastic is about making parents and students feel comfortable before they start school.

“Preptastic is a fun day aimed at connecting parents and students with the BCC Prep environment,” Estelle said.

How the BCC Festival started

The festival began four years ago as a 20th anniversary celebration for the school.

In its first year, the festival functioned primarily as a celebratory event for the College, as well as the wider Wide Bay community.

After the success in 2015 BCC decided to hold the event again in 2017.

This time its being held as a major fundraiser, taking the place of the long staying fundraiser Sew What's Crafty.

The event is the largest fundraiser for Bundaberg Christian College and is organised by a team of volunteer parents, students, and staff.

All profits raised from the Festival will be used by the College to help empower the college's 600 plus students.

The event will be held on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Bundaberg Christian College.