Withcott welcomes all

Archery Attack is a great way for the young ones to burn off energy at the Withcott and District Family Fun Day. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

The Withcott and District Family Fun Day is next Sunday 5 May, and now is the time to buy your presale wristbands.

The free event at Springbrook Park will include food, free entertainment and a massive offering of rides.

Event organiser and Withcott and District Progress Association president Michelle McKenzie said presale wristbands were available until 28 April, but visitors do not need to purchase a wristband to enter.

“It’s open to the whole of the Lockyer Valley and we encourage anyone with young families or those just interested in coming along for some free entertainment to join us,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“We have presale wristbands available to purchase at the moment, they’re on Trybooking.

“If you buy the wristbands on pre-sale you save $5 per wristband.

“We have three different categories of wristbands, Purple, Blue and Green, and these give you access to the paid events.”

The wristband categories come with age recommendations, but that does not mean people cannot purchase higher wristbands.

“As long as they meet the height and age regulations for the activities, they’re more than welcome to participate,” she said.

“Parents are required to have Green wristbands at least if they want to participate with their children.”

Green wristbands cost $5 presale and grant access to balloon twisting, face painting, petting zoo, trackless train, tea cups, the Screamer Slide and the Safari Park.

Blue wristbands, $15 presale, grant further access to Archery Attack Targets, rock wall, and The Junior Extreme.

Purple wristbands, $20 presale, grant access to all rides and activities.

“We’ve got a number of inflatables including the Safari Park, the Ninja Challenge and the Wrecking Ball,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“The Wrecking Ball is the massive one, it’s about 20 metres long, it’s absolutely huge.

“We’ve also secured the Round Up, you need to be at least 1.2 metres to ride it, but it’s great fun for teenagers.

“It’s the big round circular one and you all stand in a circle, then it spins round and round and round, and you’re pulled back into it.”

Mrs McKenzie said people could still purchase wristbands on the day, for an additional $5, and could even upgrade their current wristband.

“Our sponsors have helped us get a lot of the events and activities running, and we thank our sponsors for that, but our donors have also provided us with a range of items for the raffle,” she said.

“First prize is a $500 Paradise Resort voucher donated by Dyno Noble, which is down at the Gold Coast, so $500 to the next family holiday down there.

“Second prize is a $500 Bunnings voucher donated by Brooks Hire.

“There’s some awesome prizes following that like three $250 Stanbroke meat packs, a two-night stay in Bell Tent, a Family Pass to ‘Whalebone’ at the Empire, two Meerkat Encounters at Darling Downs Zoo, and then ten multi-draw packs worth up to $100 each.”

Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10 and can be purchased by following the below QR code, at Greedies in Withcott, or on the day of the event.

Mrs McKenzie said parking was readily available.

“There is parking onsite, there’s also parking at Withcott Quality Produce, which is at the corner when you turn in,” she said.

“There’s also parking at the Withcott Hotel, and the Withcott Hotel are going to be running a courtesy bus from the hotel to the venue and back throughout the day.”

Mrs McKenzie thanked the federal and state governments for their support.

“Thank you to the Australian Government and Queensland Government for the assistance provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements,” she said.

For more information on the event, visit the event page on Facebook, or get in contact with the Withcott and District Progress Association by emailing withcottprogress@gmail.com