HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Gympie singer Caitlyn Shadbolt is in the mood to celebrate Gympie’s birthday today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Gympie singer Caitlyn Shadbolt is in the mood to celebrate Gympie’s birthday today. Renee Pilcher

Rush Festival to be pure gold

IT IS time for Gold Rush fun.

Gympie's birthday celebration is on again this weekend and is set to be a full-on affair.

The Autobarn Classic Car and Bike Show will open at 11am in Nelson Reserve.

This is the third year the car show has been a part of the festival celebrations and Gold Rush president Jan Collins said contestants were a welcome addition to the Gold Rush Parade later in the afternoon.

Nelson Reserve will be a bustling hub of activity throughout the day with live music, belly-dancers and plenty of stalls and food vendors.

A children's play area called the Eureka Fun Zone will be open from 2-7pm where weary parents can drop their kids off at the fully supervised area for a couple of hours of quality time.

The fun zone supervisors will be volunteer seniors from the Gympie High School and for $5, the children can climb the rock wall, jump in the jumping castle or play on the bucking bronco for as long as they want.

Camel rides will also be available this year for the first time, with Jan affectionately naming the three camels Sahara, Gobi and Simpson.

Trophies for the auto show will be awarded at 3pm followed by the Velmec Automotive Services Gold Rush Parade down Mary St at 4pm.

Ms Collins said she expected more than 60 groups to be represented in this year's parade, featuring floats and vehicles of all sizes, marching bands, dancing groups and colourful costumed characters.

Ms Collins said it was not too late to organise a float for the


"Find a skateboard or bike, borrow a truck, grab some mates or children, dress up as a clown, super hero or James Nash and join in," she said.

After the parade, the action centres on Nelson Reserve again with a free concert starting at 5pm with Brisbane band, Slip-On Stereo and Alice Benfer.

Gympie sweetheart Caitlyn Shadbolt will perform her latest songs including the hit track Shoot out the Lights, which reached Number 1 on the Country Music Channel Charts.

Caitlyn's concert starts at 7pm.

The final event will be the spectacular laser light show which is set to start at 8pm.

Ms Collins said the level of the support from all of the participants in the festival was invaluable.

"They give of their time and effort all year to engage with the community," she said.

"These groups cannot be thanked enough for their support at Gold Rush time."

Gold Rush Program


The Autobarn Classic Car & Bike Show opens;

Zed 28 plays on main stage


Zumba Demonstration


Tribal Essence Bellydance


Eureka Fun Zone opens;

Quintessence Belly Dance


Car Show trophy presentation


Gold Rush Parade


Free concert with Slip-on Stereo and Alice Benfer


Caitlyn Shadbolt performs


Laser Light Show Spectacular