Town of 1770 Agnes Water – Festivals & Events
Agnes Water Orchid & Foliage Club Inc
The Agnes Water Orchid & Foliage Club held their inaugural expo on the 13th & 14th August 2016 at the local community hall in Agnes Water, Queensland. The inaugural Agnes Water Orchid & Foliage expo was about Orchids and foliage and showcased plants from our region. We are very excited to have this new event in our area. Entry $3 per person with light food and refreshments available. There was many vendors selling orchids and plants over the weekend. This event was hosted to promote our area was open to all visitors and locals. There were many garden and orchid clubs in attendance. With over 6o categories with prize money offered to all STOCQ eligible members.
Friday night – Everyone enjoyed the re-enactment of “Cook’s” landing which was a special highlight of the festival. This year it was held on the Friday night prior to the Festival at the Air Sea Rescue Park (1770 Foreshore).
Saturday – We celebrated the main festival day with stalls, fun for the kids and live entertainment throughout the day until 10.30pm. A special feature of the evening was a spectacular 20 minute fireworks display showering over the bay.
Sunday – Family Fun Day.
The 1770 Captain Cook Festival is an annual event commemorating the visit of the HMB Endeavour and the landing of Lt. James Cook and his party on May 24 1770 in Bustard Bay at Seventeen Seventy, as it is now known. This was the first landing for Cook and his crew in Queensland, and only the second landing in Australia (the first being Botany Bay).
The festival also promotes and educates visitors of the indigenous history of the area. The Gooreng Gooreng people are the traditional owners and on the morning of the main festival activities, you can enjoy the dreamtime stories of the area and experience performances of traditional dances to the sound of didgeridoos.
Many Australians have little or no knowledge of the historical significance of Cook’s landing in Seventeen Seventy. Come and celebrate this year with a re-enactment of Cook’s landing with professional actors and period costumes. It’s educational and lots of fun.
In 2009 the Festival was also inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame for the Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg Tourism Regional Area.
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Updated 28.9.2016 by LB