Great Pumpin Roll fun at Goomeri.
Great Pumpin Roll fun at Goomeri. Contributed

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival sure to draw crowd

IT'S time to dust off those pumpkins again.

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is coming up on Sunday.

Upwards of 14,000 visitors are expected to head to the South Burnett township to sample pumpkin foods and the fun and frivolity of the festival.

Entry is free.

Celebrations for the 17th annual festival kick off on Saturday with a dinner dance at Goomeri's Hall of Memory. Afterwards revellers can dance their cares away with popular band Ricochet.

Dancers can also bid on a camel to ride in the street parade.

"It's a thrill to see the festival from new heights, way above the crowd, with thousands of people lining the streets and cheering as you ride by on your camel," marketing co-ordinator Fay Stumm said.

"The funds raised from this auction each year are donated to a selected charity."

It's expected 200 market stalls will line the streets and parks.

"There is sure to be lots of new wares to be discovered and appreciated by those who just can't resist a bargain or love to browse," Ms Stumm said.

The quilt show is back again with plenty of demonstrations and competitions to keep anyone busy all day.

If that's not your cup of tea then enjoy one with live entertainment and a pumpkin bread roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones and damper.

You can also try the sweet and spicy pumpkin fudge, the specialty pumpkin sausages and the pumpkin festival's secret recipe for pumpkin soup. Joining Ricochet at this year's festival are The Smashin' Bumpkins - an interactive group that was a big hit at the Easterfest Bush Dance.

>>Visit the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival website 

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