LET'S ROLL: The Great Australia Pumpkin Roll is just one of the main events at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
LET'S ROLL: The Great Australia Pumpkin Roll is just one of the main events at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. Tobi Loftus

Goomeri's gourd-iest day rolls around again

GOOMERI'S Pumpkin Festival is back, and this year it will run over two days.

The move to a weekend-long schedule is a first for the festival and organisers hope it will allow them to grow and offer more to guests who travel and camp through the weekend.

Events co-ordinator Kim Boyter said the town was already filling with tourists.

"Our campers have started arriving already," Mrs Boyter said.

"Some have been here since Tuesday and we've had quite a few people in town looking for something to do on the Saturday."

Saturday offers a rolling start to the weekend.

The Cooloola Community Orchestra will perform in the Town Hall and there'll be wine tasting at the sports ground from 11am.

Like in previous year the organisers have arranged for buses to take tourists to the Nanango Races throughout the day.

By 3pm, the Twilight Markets will start and there will be live entertainment on the main stage from 4pm.

Mrs Boyter said there was no firm closing time.

"It all depends on how cold it is as to how long people stay out there," she said.

There have been a number of new events added to Sunday's schedule.

They include the Dash For Cash. This gruelling 100m running race will see competitors sprint up Policeman's Hill. Whoever gets there first will win $200.

"It's for people aged 18 years and over and we're relying on people to use their common sense to know if they are able to participate in that event," Mrs Boyter said.

The second addition is the Pumpkin Patch Snatch. It will see competitors line up at a starting line with a wheelbarrow.

"When the starter's gun fires they have to race through a man-made pumpkin patch and load their cart with fresh gourds before returning to the starting line."

Whoever can successfully bring the most pumpkins back the fastest will win.

Mrs Boyter stressed the importance of a steady hand in this event.

"Some of our wheelbarrows are pretty shonky," she said.

All the festival favourites will return and don't forget you can catch the Great Australia Pumpkin Roll from 2.30pm on Sunday.

For more information, visit goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au.

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