In the week leading up to this year’s Festival, weather predictions were dire! The front page of the Sunshine Coast Daily on Saturday 6th December was a full-page photo of the weather radar, which looked quite threatening. As a result of this, quite a few stallholders pulled out at the last minute, which was very disappointing, especially as there was not a drop of rain all day! As a result, those stallholder who supported us had a bumper day, and we would like to thank them all for their support.
Local Mary Valley people turned up in droves, and it turned out to be another great day.
The tomato games were approached with gusto and everyone had a ball!
Because the Festival was so close to Christmas this year, we are not yet able to publish results of the competition. Stay tuned.
NEXT YEARS FESTIVAL WILL BE ON SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER. PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY.
A highlight of the day was the Street Parade, which featured, sheep, sheepdogs, goats, vintage and veteran cars, our local emergency service and lots more.
The official part of the day was kicked off with a Celebrity Bowl, where some of Imbil’s long-time residents were given the opportunity to test their tomato bowling skills.
This event was followed by our regular tomato bowling competition, the tomato throw and catch and the tomato eating relay.
There was a treasure hunt for the kids, and a chance to go in the tomato splat.
The art and craft stalls provided an opportunity for some quality last-minute Christmas shopping, along with a little bit of wine tasting from ‘2nd 2 none’ wines. There was plenty of gourmet food and wonderful coffee and drinks.
The fashion parade on the bowling green was provided by Jain from Yabbadashery.
Our Event artist Bob Gammage created a masterpiece on the day, and our auctioneer John Cochrane donated his excellent services to sell off the painting for $950. Bob generously donated half of that amount back to the Tomato Festival.
Live music coordinated by Mike Stevenson started up later in the day and was a great hit.