Local businesses are being given the chance to showcase unique offerings as part of a new Childers Trail initiative, to be launched as part of the upcoming Childers Festival.
The initiative aims to highlight Childers artists and businesses who are providing an exclusive opportunity for people to purchase a product or take part in an activity only available during the Childers Festival.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the fantastic initiative would assist in showcasing the unique offerings of Childers businesses.
“Childers is a town full of talent and surprises, so this initiative provides the opportunity for our local artists and businesses to showcase something special to those visiting during the Childers Festival,” Cr Learmonth said.
“I encourage as many local businesses as possible to support this and come up with their unique product to be involved in the trail.”
One local artist Sue McCloy from Sue’s Secret Serenity is already on board with the initiative, offering unique cane fire painting lessons.
“For many years, the Childers Festival has been drawing crowds to our region from miles around and this trail provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to see what we have to offer and hopefully build up and create ongoing interest in our businesses and the town of Childers,” Sue said.
“I was excited to be a part of the Childers Trail, as I have recently launched my business “Sue's Secret Serenity”, of which art therapy and making art for fun are a big part.
“The cane fire tours are one of the major featured activities on offer over the weekend and I thought I could bring some focus to the tours by providing my Cane Fire Painting Workshops.
“I feel that this is a wonderful way to showcase some of the businesses and activities available for the visitors to participate in at the Childers Festival.”
Sue’s workshops will cater for a range of abilities, with three different designs suited to both beginner and experienced artists.
“I have created three cane fire paintings that are good for beginners and experienced artists alike and will make a great souvenir of their time in Childers,” she said.
“I will be showing some footage of one of the cane fire burns to show the participants what a burn looks like and allow them to understand the intensity and movement of the flames and incorporate that into their paintings.
“I am looking forward to meeting new people and sharing the experience of creating a piece of art they can be proud of and perhaps igniting a flame within them to continue having fun with art.”
You can find out more about participating in the Childers Trail by contacting the Bundaberg Regional Council events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS STILL OPEN
Applications are still open for stallholders as part of the 2022 Childers Festival which will see around 300 stalls line the streets and performers entertaining the crowds on Sunday, 31 July.
For those wishing to take part in the stallholder process at this year’s Childers Festival, applying is simple.
Applicants are asked to head to the website, fill out the form and upload all relevant documents.
Those who live in the postcode of 4660 are eligible to receive a 50% discount on stallholder fees.
Expressions of interest applications are open until Friday 15 April, with stallholders to be notified by Friday 22 April.
You can find out more about Bundaberg Regional Council's Childers Festival here.
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