Briarna Reynolds' photo of the sun setting on another year at Boondooma Dam.
Briarna Reynolds' photo of the sun setting on another year at Boondooma Dam. Contributed

A Dam good evening at Boondooma

NEW Year's Eve went off with a bang at the Boondooma dam.

Boondooma's kiosk manager Laeticha Smith said their annual event was another hit.

"It was a lovely night, as usual, and we had a lot of activities for the children, too. There was a jumping castle, a stall for arts and crafts, sand art, face painting, show bags and glow products,” she said.

"There were also some lovely local stalls, including Bree's Country Candles, Muffin Top Cupcakery, and a lady sold fudges, peanuts, jams and relishes. There was quite a variety for everyone to enjoy, and these stalls all kicked off from 3pm.”

Ms Smith said visitors to the dam were entertained with live music from 8pm.

"We had a gentleman playing by the name of Rowan Edwards, from 8pm until 12pm. He's done some of our fishing competitions before too, so it's great to have him back,” she said.

"Rowan is an absolutely lovely guy, and his music is great. Everyone can listen to it and enjoy it. He does classic pub rock, and all of that easy-listening type of music.”

Once midnight struck, visitors were delighted with the main attraction - fireworks.

"Every New Year's Eve we have fireworks. In the past we've had two lots - one at nine and one at midnight. This year we just had one at midnight, so that the display could go for 10 minutes,” Ms Smith said.

"It was the council's decision to not do the fireworks at 9pm, so that we could have a very big display at midnight. It wasn't a concern for the kids, as lots of the kids were still awake as the entertainment carried them through to midnight.”

According to Ms Smith, lots of people were excited to welcome the new year at Boondooma.

"We had over 700 people in the park by lunch time on New Year's Eve, and a lot more checked in afterwards,” she said.

"The event brings people to the area, which is really good, and it lets these people experience everything that we in the South Burnett have to offer.”

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