As part of the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, Eumundi celebrates its story! From 29 September to 1 October, there’s a full weekend of family-fun, community events ranging from indigenous talks and a grand parade, to music and beer celebrations, as well as ballroom dance. As a gift for generations to come, a time capsule documenting the weekend will be buried at Eumundi State School to be opened at the 75th Anniversary.

“Eumundi has it all,” said Louise Formosa, Secretary of the Eumundi Chamber of Commerce. “Eumundi isn’t just a town with markets, we have a diverse, engaged community and we want to showcase a vast array of attractions as well as our agricultural heritage and how, we as locals, love to celebrate with lots of live music!”

The festive weekend starts on Friday at Deadly Espresso Café. Stop in to share a yarn, enjoy bushtucker delicacies and engage in indigenous experiences. “We want people to connect with our community,” said Terri Waller, Managing Director of SevGen who runs Deadly Espresso. “We’re an ancient culture living in modern times and to explore this, there will be dancing, didgeridoo playing and discussions. We’ll also watch the film Ten Canoes.”

Later that night, slip on those retro digs and head out to Joe’s Waterhole for a 1960s-dance party. Get funky with GENEXIS—prizes go to the best dressed so don’t hold back!

On Saturday, straight after the Eumundi markets, grab a spot along Memorial Drive to welcome the Grande Parade. Along for the ride are cows, horses, fire trucks, farm machinery, vintage cars, street performers, dancers, local agriculture and live music. There will also be an Elvis look alike competition for the kids who want to be part of the parade. Afterwards, head straight to the new Eumundi Brewery at the iconic Imperial Hotel.

According to the Imperial’s manager Paul Thomas, the celebrations will be rolling all afternoon and into the evening. Outside the hotel, Memorial Drive will be rocking with live performances on the street including Eumundi School of Rock performers, Uncle Bob’s Jug Band and Mufassa.

“This will be a great chance for the community to see behind-the-scenes in the new Eumundi Brewery,” said Paul. “Our brewing team will be sharing their beery expertise with free talks scheduled throughout the afternoon. And if you’re one of the first 300 to buy our new beer, you’ll get a ticket to disco/pop dynamos Vaudeville Smash playing later that night.”

Settle in to Sunday with Family Fun Day at Dick Caplick Park. It’s a low-key brunch with sausage sizzle BBQ, ‘Your Mum’s Undies’ cricket and activities for the kids to get the day started.

To finish off the weekend, slide on those dancing shoes for lessons at Templeton’s Dance Studio—it’s never too late to learn to tango! Professional dancers will not only demonstrate their amazing skills, but show the amateurs how it’s done. With light refreshments, it’s an event for all ages!

The good times don’t stop here, as all the photographs from the weekend will be included in the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule, which will be buried at the Eumundi State School early in the last term.

poster from the event

SUMMARY

The weekend events run from Friday, 29 September through to Sunday, 1 October. Visit events at Experience Eumundi for more details: http://www.experienceeumundi.com.au/events/event/eumundi-our-story-past-present-future/

Highlights include:

Deadly Collective Community Connect “Ancient Culture, Modern Times”
Friday, 29 September from 11am-3pm
http://www.sevgen.com.au/deadlyespressocafe/

60’s Dance Party, Best Dressed Competition & Live Music
Friday, 29 September from 7:30pm at Joe’s Waterhole
http://www.joeswaterhole.com/

Grande Parade Celebrating Eumundi’s Past, Present & Future
Saturday, 30 September at 3pm, Memorial Drive, Eumundi
See our history on parade, including children’s Elvis competition and live music!

Eumundi Brewery Celebrations
Saturday, 30 September from 12 noon
http://www.imperialhoteleumundi.com.au/

Family Fun Day at the Park           
Sunday, 1 October starting from 9am till noon at Dick Caplick Park
Cricket, BBQ & heaps of fun for the kids!

Learn to Dance at Templeton’s
Sunday, 1 October from 2:30 – 5:30pm at Templeton’s Dance Studio
http://templetondance.com.au/

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