Hillbilly Hoedown, Art in the Park, and Jazz up the Jetty


Cardwell Community Events hosted another successful weekend of fun, festivities, and art, which had locals and visitors flocking to the beautiful Cardwell foreshore last weekend on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. 

The weekend kicked off with a ‘Hillbilly Hoedown’ foreshore party beginning with live music by ‘The Bluewings Band’ at 5 pm. Food trucks and an open-air bar opened at the same time, which saw hundreds of people enjoying the cool June weather, food, drinks, Cardwell Jetty views, and live music. An award-winning band the ‘Hillbilly Goats’ provided more entertainment and live music from 7 pm to late in the evening. 

On Sunday morning the fun kicked off again at 8am with the ‘Art in the Park’, Cardwell Jetty markets on the foreshore selling all manner of goods including plants, woodwork, local honey, handcrafted jewelry, and handcrafted clothing. The ‘Jazz up the Jetty’ project was open from 9 am to 12 pm displaying art from Cardwell artists, businesses, and community groups. The art pieces were hung or placed all over the railings of the Cardwell Jetty, creating a fantastic open air art gallery experience over the water that can only found in Cardwell. Entertainment for the children was available, along with more food vans and live music by ‘That Rockabilly Guy.’ The Cardwell Lions joined in and held a barbeque right in front of the jetty, raising important funds for their community projects. 

Cardwell businesses participated in an art treasure hunt on the Saturday called ‘Hidden Art.’ 

“Whilst trying to construct a machine to bring Aliens to earth, The Cardwell UFO Festival Committee have accidentally built a time machine and now some of the most famous artists in history are lost in Cardwell…” the Hidden Art sheet explained. “Luckily, we can track through their paintings – can you help us find them and send them home?” 

Participants followed clues leading them all over Cardwell hunting for the hidden art pieces, and people who found the art pieces received free entries into the raffle draw. 

Cardwell Community Events created the fun, art-focused weekend to bring people to the small seaside town and boost the local economy, and even the light drizzle of the morning could not dampen the spirits of the day.

The weekend also coincided by a few days with the completion of Cardwell’s latest mural, gracing the side of Terry and Mamiko’s new café – restaurant. The mural was created by Art by Lavinia from Mission Beach, and cleverly has a fishing rod for visitors to pretend to hold, which is catching a massive barramundi, straight out of the mouth of a big crocodile – classic Cardwell style.

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