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Eumundi: Our Story Past, Present and Future

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast
Eumundi: Our Story Past, Present and Future celebrates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. Eumundi celebrates its story from Friday 29 September through to Sunday 1 October. There is a full weekend of family fun planned: community events ranging from indigenous talks and a grand parade, to music and beer celebrations, as well as ballroom dancing. 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.

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image courtesy of organisers


Louise Formosa, Secretary of the Eumundi Chamber of Commerce, said, "Eumundi has it all. It 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!"

deadly espresso cafe, eumundi, coffee, sunshine coast
Start your festive weekend here


FRIDAY
The festive weekend starts on Friday at Deadly Espresso Café. Stop in to share a yarn, enjoy bush-tucker 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 threads 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.

joe's waterhole, eumundi, sunshine coast
Get your glad rags on for a '60s dance party


SATURDAY
On Saturday, straight after the famous Eumundi Markets, grab a spot along Memorial Drive to welcome the Grande Parade. Along for the ride are vintage cars, fire trucks, farm machinery, street performers, dancers 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 their new beer, you'll get a ticket to disco/pop dynamos' Vaudeville Smash playing later that night."

imperial hotel, eumundi brewery, eumundi, sunshine coast
Try Eumundi Brewery's new beer at the Imperial Hotel.


SUNDAY
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 complimentary light refreshments, it's an event for all ages. The good times don't stop there, 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.

Highlights:
Deadly Collective Community Connect "Ancient Culture, Modern Times" Friday 29 September from 11am to 3pm at Deadly Espresso Cafe.
60's Dance Party, Best Dressed Competition and Live Music Friday 29 September from 7:30pm at Joe's Waterhole
Grande Parade Celebrating Eumundi's Past, Present and Future on Saturday 30 September at 3pm, Memorial Drive, Eumundi. See history on parade, including children's Elvis competition and live music.
Eumundi Brewery Celebrations Saturday, 30 September from 12 noon at Imperial Hotel.
Family Fun Day at the Park on Sunday 1 October from 9am to 12 noon at Dick Caplick Park. Cricket and BBQ.
Learn to Dance at Templeton's on Sunday 1 October from 2:30 to 5:30pm at Templeton's Dance Studio
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Be quick as there are only 100 tickets available.

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Eumundi Yacht Club (image by writer)
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Why? Because there's beer, bush-tucker, BBQ and Elvis.
When: Friday 29 September to 1 October
Where: Eumundi, Sunshine Coast
Cost: FREE
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