THE Home Hill Harvest Festival has continued its run of successful events as the 2022 festivities came to a conclusion on Saturday, November 5 with a colourful parade that led into a night of fun, food and entertainment at Mardi Gras activities in and around Watson’s Green.
The Festival Ball on Friday night, November 4 drew a good crowd to see the culmination of the Queen competition, which resulted in a double success for the Burdekin Netball Association as their sponsored entrant, Alix Leckenby was awarded both the personality and charity queen titles.
That led into the finale at the colourful Parade and Mardi Gras, with a wide variety of floats and marching units thrilling the large crowd as they moved down Eighth Avenue from Fourteenth Street to Sixth Street and back to Tenth Street, where they dispersed allowing the crowd to fill the area in front of the Burdekin Memorial Hall for the Mardi Gras activities.
President Mark Vass said the committee was very happy with the result of the festival with a huge crowd present at the Mardi Gras He said they made a few changes to the layout of the area, “just tweaked it a bit”, mainly with the food stalls, not big changes, but it allowed the crowd to move more freely.
The results of the judging of the floats in the Harvest Festival Parade were:
Best Queen Float – Home Hill Rotary Club
Best Float other than a Queen – Osborne State School
Best Trade Float – Burdekin Craft Spectacular
Humorous Float – Home Hill State School
Best Individual Float – Hilda Frew (Cane Strippers from the ‘60’s)
Best Theme Float – The Home Hill Tennis Association