Megan Van Schie stood out at the carnivale.
Megan Van Schie stood out at the carnivale.

Carnivale most successful ever

ORGANISERS have hailed this year’s Australian Body Art Carnivale at Eumundi as the most successful ever.

The fourth instalment of the three-day event – which concluded yesterday – saw it morph from being staged at the Eumundi Markets and Eumundi Square into a town-wide festival.

Carnivale event manager Danielle Taylor yesterday said the festival had outgrown its previous venues.

Ms Taylor said a Queensland Events survey of last year’s festival had estimated the crowd at about 14,500 and she expected this year’s crowd figure to far exceed that.

“The other thing I’ve noticed this year is a lot more families have come to it. There are a lot of kids around,” she said.

“It’s really a nice atmosphere.”

Ms Taylor said the festival’s highlight was the standard of the artists, which she described as exceptional, while the introduction of car bonnet art had proved a big hit.

She said about 100 artists across all categories, including the pavement art section, had attended the event.

“The wearable art is amazing … it’s just been all-round fantastic,” she said.

Capping off a big events weekend on the Sunshine Coast, the three-day International Rally of Queensland concluded at Imbil yesterday afternoon.

Yandina entrant Ryan Smart, driving a Toyota Corolla, took out the Bosch Australian Rally Championship section of the event.


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