Easterfest director David Schenk oversees the first stages of construction at Queens Park.
Easterfest director David Schenk oversees the first stages of construction at Queens Park. Tara Miko

Easterfest’s tent city taking shape in park

A BURST water main could not dampen the spirits of organisers behind Easterfest, as the first of the big tents started going up yesterday.

While the gushing water may have slightly reversed the work, the sunshine festival director Dave Schenk had been praying for, bobcats and orange safety vests are fast becoming a common sight at Queens Park.

"Weather has been kind this last week and hopefully it continues for us," Mr Schenk said.

The first of the 65 tents that will transform the park into tent city was pegged out on Monday, the largest of which is about 2700sq m under canvas.

About 10,000sq m will be covered by the time the first tune is sung at Easterfest, Mr Schenk said.

"These are some of the biggest tents in Australia," he said.

But the burning question residents want to know about is whether the noise from the festival will be minimised, to which Mr Schenk moved to assure them it was.

"We have invested thousands of dollars on our audio at the main stage and big top," he said.

"As per our discussions with council and council votes of late last year, we have an independent audio consultant who will work full-time across the weekend.

"We will work to keep in line with the council limits.

"The challenge is that council sets the level we have to achieve," he said.

Mr Schenk said tickets sales had spiked across last weekend and the festival was on track to beat last year's crowd numbers.

"We're at least on track to meet last year's numbers, but are expecting some growth," he said.

Mr Schenk said the Toowoomba Regional Council was working closely with the organisers.

"Easterfest is now one of Queensland's major events and when you see just how much work goes into this, it's a remarkable feat," Cr Geoff McDonald said.

 

What it takes to make Easterfest

Two massive tents of about 2700sq m each

About 5km of fencing has been hired

About 12,000 cable ties zipped

More than 1.5km of festoon lighting

More than 1000 crew members working over the Easterfest weekend

A total of 65 tents will cover about 10,000sq m of Queens Park

Seven performance areas will be established at the park

Sections of Queens Park will be closed to the public next week


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