Easter Funday lives up to its name
THOUSANDS of people turned out for the Easter Monday Funday in Queens Park yesterday.
The event, now in its 20th year, drew a record crowd estimated at more than 15,000, with entertainment, rides and free food.
Children enjoyed sack races, snow cones, carousel rides and live entertainment, while adults enjoyed a free sausage sizzle and tried to stay in the shade.
The Byrnes family arrived early to enjoy a few rides before crowds pushed waiting times to up to an hour for popular attractions.
"It's a great day for the kids, it gets them away from their Easter chocolate and out and about," mum Catherine Byrnes said.
Brianne Parsons said her four-year-old son Rocky Smith was determined to enjoy the day despite having a broken arm.
"He's doing a good job on the rope bridge with his arm," Ms Parsons said.
"We've driven from Logan to be here today to enjoy the Funday with Rocky's grandparents; it's a special family day."
Event organiser Hans Booij, from Ipswich Awakening, said initial estimates put this year's attendance numbers at the highest yet.
"I've been organising this event since it started 20 years ago, and we've never seen a crowd this big," Mr Booij said.
"We prepare for 10,000 to 15,000 people, and we've probably had even more than that here today."
"It's a great event to help children learn about the message of Easter and to celebrate this special time."
Mr Booij said the Easter Monday Funday had become an Ipswich tradition, and he was looking forward to next year's event.