ROCK OUT: Gayndah school band Mr Percival at the Mount Perry Christmas in July event.
ROCK OUT: Gayndah school band Mr Percival at the Mount Perry Christmas in July event. Contributed

A festive event to savour

THE Mount Perry Christmas in July event raised more than $1400 for local not-for-profit organisations and attracted about 150 punters.

Bill Ward, who was involved with organising the event, said the committee was "pleased” with how it went.

"We brought money back into the community,” Mr Ward said.

"It bodes well for the future.

"A bit of tweaking and it could be even better.”

Mr Ward suggested these tweaks could involve making better use of the Mount Perry Showgrounds and craft and trade stalls.

A highlight of the event, Mr Ward said, was hosting Gayndah school band MrPercival as part of the music roster.

"To be able to give them an opportunity is worth its weight in gold,” he said.

Another successful aspect of the weekend was the popularity of the historical tours around Mount Perry, with about 35 people taking the opportunity to delve into the history of the former copper-mining town.

Mr Ward said in the coming months the committee would liaise with the community to find out how they would like the event to develop.

One uncertainty in the event's future is how it will be funded, with much of this year's event funding coming from a Regional Arts Development Fund grant.

Mr Ward said the event may be biannual.

He said volunteers Kerry Warren and Keith Gear deserved much of the credit for its success.

Mount Perry's Leslie Westbury said there was a lot of artistic talent in the town waiting to be tapped for future events.

Ms Westbury said there was always a buzz in town for anything new and different.


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