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What’s your thing? by Amy Andrews

7 months ago we moved (after 25 years in a big city) to a small seaside town – one not very far from where I grew up and where my husband lived for many years. I’ve lived in small towns before and one of the highlights of a small town calendar is the annual “festival”. Of course, this isn’t limited to small towns – most cities have them too, think Carnivale in Venice for example.

These festivals usually revolve around a “thing” the town/city is known for. Like the pumpkin/watermelon/corn festival if you’re in a rural area. Or the crab etc festival if you’re in a fishing town.

In my small town –  Yeppoon –  it’s pineapples. When I was a kid, Yeppoon was pineapple central. On the approach to town there were pineapples as far as the eye could see. On every hillside and spare piece of land and you could get a pineapple for 10c! Its not like that any more, but there are still significant amounts of the fruit grown around the surrounding areas.

So, we have the Pinefest every year. On Friday night we went to the Pinefest ball. And on Sunday we went to the pinefest parade. Pics belows!

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The theme this year was pirates and, as you can see, a good time and great weather was had by all!

So, what about you? What’s your town/cities thing? Let me know where you live and what you celebrate in your annual festival.

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5 thoughts on “What’s your thing? by Amy Andrews”

  1. WOW Amy that looks like it was lots of fun and I do love pineapple 🙂

    Here in Sydney they have a lot of festivals all around out here where I live in the suburbs there are a lot of multi cultural festivals and food stalls and I love all of the different foods yummo 🙂

    Have Fun

    Helen

  2. I could definitely go for a pineapple festival, Amy! However many festivals we have here in London we can always do with one more 🙂 Although it’s the smaller, local ones that I like the best – where you can just take a stroll down to the high street and bump into a few of your neighbours on the way.

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