Tasman’s Parkfest bigger than ever!


Tasman Turtle was back on May 22 and was bigger than ever!  The TYTO Parklands came alive on May 22, through a joint initiative of Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the Queensland Government.  Guests enjoyed fun events for the whole family, live music, entertainment, food, drinks, children’s activities, and much more.

This year, Tasman’s Parkfest was an expansion of the much-loved Tasman Turtle’s Picnic Day, and kicked off with the TYTO Wetland’s parkrun, followed by the official opening of the new TYTO Adventure Playground, where participants competed in the best time trial competition.  Tasman Turtle’s Picnic Day was later opened where families enjoyed the games, rides, activities, performances, and delicious foods that were on offer, as well as the announcement of the $25,000 Monster Raffle draw at 6.00pm.  Celebrations then continued into the night, with the Bluewings Band and Zachariah providing guests with live music and entertainment. 

The event saw close to 3,000 people attend, with mostly young families and grandparents with grandchildren during the day and young adults at night.  The great turn out and atmosphere was a testament to the Shire’s community spirit and connectivity, as the event was well organised, promoted, and executed.

Councillor Mary Elizabeth Brown who attended the event said, “It was truly wonderful to see so many children, families, and the community enjoying the festivities at the Tasman Parkfest on Saturday.”

“I was fortunate to attend the morning and evening functions, and, at all times, the atmosphere was extremely positive, and it was fantastic to see so many in our community come out and participate in all the day had to offer.”

“The draw of the Monster Raffle certainly created an air of excitement.  Congratulations to the winners, the business houses, who participated, and the monster raffle team who managed the process.  Full credit must also go to the events team, all the stall holders, entertainers, volunteers, and community participants for a wonderful family day out in our community.”

Overall, the feedback from the community was exceedingly positive.  Everyone enjoyed the new playground, the free activities, and the entertainment during the day and night.  The Council would like to thank the bands, entertainers, stall holders, community groups, volunteers, and all those involved in making the event possible and a wonderful day for the community.

$25,000 Monster Raffle Winners

Excitement was in the air as those present at the Tasman’s Parkfest waited in anticipation for the announcement of the $25,000 Monster Raffle at the event. 

Congratulations to Mark Tomba, who took out the first prize, which was supported by Ingham Sportspower.  The second prize was supported by Barnes Sewing Centre and was awarded to Carole Groundwater, and the third prize, which was supported by Ingham Garden and Gifts, was won by Cherie Glasgow. 

The estimated economic spend from the initiative was more than $3.2 million, with over 13,000 entries received, and the Council would like to thank all those who participated in the $25,000 Monster Raffle, thereby supporting local businesses.

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