Fun in the sun as BCC Festival connects the community

Weather is perfect for annual school event

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Roma McDonald, 7, was excited to attend the BCC Festival, she had her face painted by volunteer Wendy Engstrom.

Sunshine and laughter filled the air at this year’s BCC Festival with the community strolling in as soon as the gates opened to a fun-filled event.

Bundaberg Christian College Principal Paul Sterling said the family fun day was about connecting the community with the college and a variety of market stalls and entertainment.

“Today is something different,” Paul said.

“We expect more than 3000 people to attend.

“It gives good balance to the Federal election.

“We couldn’t have done it without the parent volunteers.”

Students were bustling around the event eager to make sure everyone felt welcome and had a good time.

Capturing the BCC Festival

Year 12 student Luke Turnbull was tasked with capturing the atmosphere at the BCC Festival on camera.

Luke said he was honoured to be tasked with the responsibility and said the turnout was great for the school.

“It’s pretty good aye,” Luke said.

With his experience in the photography club he was able to snap some great shots including the teacher dunk event.

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Bundaberg Christian College Senior Teacher Cameron Ivers was targeted by the students in the Teacher Dunk event.

Students take aim at BCC teachers

Among the BCC festivities teachers were targeted by students in the Dunk-a-Teacher event.

Senior Teacher Cameron Ivers was the first to feel the cool chill of revenge.

But it wasn’t just students who hit the bullseye with a powerful shot, as the competitor was also his daughter Cadence.

“All the money goes to a good cause – so I don’t mind getting wet,” Cameron said.

“Even if it was by my daughter!”

BCC Festival stall holders were beaming

Anne Donohoe from PrincessDevilman Crafts has a love for sewing and spent the week putting final touches on her rag doll bears, which were elegantly displayed.

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Anne Donohoe from PrincessDevilman Crafts has a love for sewing.

“I’ve been sewing for 35 years,” Anne said.

“It started as a hobby making my children clothes.”

Anne said events like the BCC Festival were important in the community as it showed what students and schools around the region could do.

All about the Ag

BCC marketing and promotion officer Estelle Pretorius said not only did the BCC Festival bring the community together it also was a great way to showcase the colleges Ag program and each year it got bigger and better.

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

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

“There’s plenty of activity happening with the students and the cattle,” she said.

“It’s great to come and watch.”

Estelle said the Ag program taught students discipline and they learnt how to look after the animals.

She said it was also preparing the students for the Bundaberg Show where they would also compete.

Expanding on the traditional school fete Bundaberg Christian College's elaborate BCC Festival was crowd pleasing.

The festival had more than 50 market stalls and a variety of amusement rides to keep everyone entertained.

Estelle thanked everyone involved for their hard work, which ensured the BCC Festival was a success.