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Tropical Art Deco weekend hailed a success

Almost 200 people hit the streets of Innisfail at the weekend to take a step back into the 1920s and enjoy the Cassowary Coast’s Tropical Art Deco Weekend. 

Festivities kicked off on Saturday night with a Jazz and Champagne Soiree at the Queens Hotel. 

Cassowary Coast Councillor Ben Heath said the notes of Chris Lloyds had Soiree goers on their feet for most the night. 

“The food, the music, the atmosphere – exceptional would be an understatement!” said Cr Heath. 

“Everyone who attended came dressed up in 1920s attire which really added to the ambience and ultimately a great night out in Innisfail.”

On Sunday the crowd was taken on a journey set back in time on the Historical Walk and Talk. 

“From the jazz band playing tunes on the balcony of the Shire Hall, vintage cars on display on Rankin Street, to our walk around town boasting the historical stories behind our buildings, it seemed everyone had a great day,” said Val Robertson from the Innisfail and District Historical Society.    

Councillor Heath said for events like this to succeed and continue to grow into the future it is important the local community gets behind it first. 

 “The success of the weekend really showed how this could be the start of something new in bringing people from afar with such a positive and vibrant group of people supporting our events,” said Cr Heath.   

“We have the art deco facades and there’s a huge tourism market for that so it’s about time we tap into something that we already have here and make this the beginning of a world class event in our region.

“Next year we are hoping for more businesses around our region to jump on board and drive this event to make our whole region come to life on the Art Deco Weekend, which in turn will really give a boost to our local economy.” 

This event was funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Region Fund.  

The Tully and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Breakfast on Butler this Sunday 14 October at Violet Smith Park from 7am until 10.30am. 

Event goers will be able to marvel at some of the region’s most amazing classic and vintage cars, enjoy a magnificent breakfast while taking in the surroundings of some of the region's art deco buildings.