New look for Childers Festival

The event that shuts down the Bruce Highway is back.

Childers Festival will once again shut the Bruce Highway for its return from 22-25 July.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to the rolling red hills and stunning heritage-filled streets of the town to celebrate the vibrant arts community with an impressive line-up of artists including Kate Ceberano, Opera Queensland and local musicians.

Events will be held throughout the picturesque village and hinterland of the town, spotlighting the rich history of the agricultural region and its bold future.

On Sunday 25 July, the Bruce Highway will be closed and transformed into an action-packed entertainment hub with live music, acrobatic shows and street performers, free carnival rides and vintage markets, local produce, hand-made gems and local arts and craft.

Bundaberg Regional Council Art Culture and Events representative Cr John Learmonth said Festival Day celebrated the Childers community.

“Local producers, artisans and businesses will take centre stage with the placement of stallholders having been carefully curated with priority positioning offered to the Childers community,” Cr Learmonth said.

Festival highlights include the crowd-favourite Sugar Mill & Cane Fire Tour, a trip to the agricultural farmlands of Childers to see sugar cane being burnt, walking and transported heritage tours, and the brand-new Midnight Ghost Tour of the hinterland’s haunted hotspots.

The festival program also includes the Long Table Dinner at Hill of Promise Winery, arts activations and mini festivals throughout the four days.

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the festival, which had been operating for more than two decades, had become one of the region's premier attractions.
“This festival is a celebration of everything uniquely Childers,” Cr Trevor said.

“Organisers have been busy attracting handmade, artisan and locally produced products with more than 40% of stallholder applications received from Childers and the surrounding areas.

“What a fantastic way to celebrate our local people and businesses. I implore everyone to mark off the Childers Festival in their calendars and get ready to join in on the fun.”

See the full Childers Festival program here.