Will drought hurt iconic South Burnett event?
THE local Garden Club anxiously awaits this weekend's Wondai Garden Expo, with worries the severe drought might negatively impact event attendance.
The expo gate usually tallies the arrival of 2000 people over the weekend, but Helen Young, expo president, believes this all depends on the circumstances.
"This time last year, half the country was in drought and the other half was down with the flu. This year we've got droughts too, but luckily, we don't have the flu epidemic to deal with,” said Helen.
Mrs Young feels the conditions haven't been optimum for those involved with the garden community.
"Realistically speaking, you can't keep expecting to grow your crowd all the time, because people don't come all the time. Each year we'll get new ones, but other people might go somewhere else,” Mrs Young said.
"This year we've got about 108 stalls booked in, which is really good, considering the number of different activities around the whole of Queensland in Spring.
"It does depend, as I said, there's a lot on... but we're definitely holding our own as far as numbers go.”
Those interested in supporting the Wondai Garden Expo can attend the event this weekend, starting 8am at the Wondai Sportsground.