FESTIVAL FUN: Look out for Alvin the big avo at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival.
FESTIVAL FUN: Look out for Alvin the big avo at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival. Katherine Morris

Blackbutt Avocado Festival doubles its offering of stalls

BLACKBUTT is a small town with a "big heart” and Charles Gibling is looking forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to Blackbutt at the town's annual avocado festival.

"We are a small town but we have big hearts and big ideas and it takes a lot of volunteers and there are dozens and dozens of people that do their bit and take pride in it,” Mr Gibling said.

"It is very interesting and makes the little town a big town.”

Mr Gibling takes pride in his role as the stall co-ordinator of the festival, and said he'd witnessed the number of traders grow from less than 50 three years ago to more 100 this year.

The 100 stalls will be boosted by a further 17 stalls in the South Burnett Flavours Farmers Market.

This year patrons can expect "every kind of stall with every product under the sun” offering a variety of homemade craft, garden goods, clothes, and fruit.

"If you name it, there will be a stall having it,” Mr Gibling said.

"I like the total variety. You can walk past one or two stalls and there is something for everyone.

"We have tried to analyse what comments we got on the day (last year) and things people wanted to see more of.”

He is most looking forward to seeing people sit back on the straw bales at the showgrounds to enjoy some tucker and drink some wine.

Mr Gibling said the festival was a credit to organiser Jeff Connor and his ability to see the big picture and make a quality event to cater for all.

Organisers have ensured there will be something on offer for young and old.

Youngsters will be well catered for in the festival's kids area.

"If I was a kid, I wouldn't move from that spot (the kids area),” Mr Gibling said.

Celebrate all things avocado with the people at Blackbutt at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival on September 14.

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