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Record Crowds at Maleny Wood Expo
by Cameron Outridge

The 2003 Maleny Wood Expo opened with a bang and finished late Monday afternoon with a flourish.   The event – the eighth consecutive Wood Expo – has been hailed as an unprecedented success by organisers, Barung Landcare, and all exhibitors.

Thanks to Preview Party Coordinator, Leigh Henderson, and the support of our local restaurants, the weekend opened with a special preview of the magnificent timber pieces for sale in the Main Pavilion.

Barung President, Elaine Green, put the event into context with her speech outlining the contribution made to the local community by the event, and the fabulous support for the Expo shown by the community.

Mayor Don Aldous outlined the benefits of the Wood Expo to the local region and the entire Sunshine Coast. Tony Gill, Hinterland Rep on the Caloundra Tourism Levy Board, then officially opened the 2003 “From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture Maleny Wood Expo”.   Ashley Sewell, a dedicated Wood Expo supporter since the beginning, spoke briefly on the growth of the event since its early years, and the educative benefits for the whole of South East Queensland.

Thanks to local businesses Maleny Hotel and Wine Cellars, Maleny Bridal Florist, and Gifts, Maleny Print & Copy, Blue Vine Catering, Cappricio’s Pizzas, Colin James Fine Foods, Dangerous Deli & Health foods, Graatz Mexican Restaurant, IGA Supermarket, King Ludwig’s Maleny Views Restaurant, Maleny Beechwood Bakehouse, Maleny Harvest, Maple 3, Monicaz, Partner Foods/Chic Nuts, Patrick’s Irish Steakhouse & Bar, Perry’s Restaurant, Rondezvous Coffee Shop, Swiss Crust, Terrace Seafood Restaurant, The Celtic Tearoom, The Food Gallery, Tree Frog Gallery, Upfront Club and the Village Green Catering Company for helping make the party such a resounding success.   Thanks to these supporters, guests were able to sample the quality foods available in the area.

Many of the 2003 Expo exhibitors experienced record sales and commissions from this year’s event, with a record number of visitors attending from across south-east Queensland.   So enthused were the exhibitors that almost all have rebooked their sites already for the 2004 event.

As Wood Expo Coordinator Mim Coulstock said, “Happy exhibitors indicate a successful Expo.   If not for the increasingly high standard of work on display by these exhibitors, the Expo would not be attaining its reputation as the best Wood Show in Queensland, if not in Australia.”

 

Terry Quinn, a Sunshine Coast woodworker
shows his skills
to show visitor, Casey Marshall. 

Many exhibitors have already booked
for the 2004 even.

Many visitors and new exhibitors commented on the relaxed atmosphere, the smooth running, and the diversity of exhibits.

Many who had not attended for several years were surprised that the event had grown so much while retaining these essential characteristics.

The smoothness of the weekend is due largely to the massive contribution from Barung and community members, many of who were there each of the three days, directing traffic, manning entry gates, selling raffle tickets, coordinating volunteers, helping with catering for the huge crowds and attending to a million and one small crises.  Thanks go to all of you – along with the Expo’s magnificent exhibitors, you are the backbone of the event.  Keep your eye on the Range News for an invitation to the Volunteer’s BBQ to celebrate your contributions.

A sincere thank you also to Caloundra City Council, Caloundra Toursim Levy Board, Private Forestry Southern Queensland, Ten Southern Cross and Sunshine Coast Newspapers for your belief in the event.  Thank you also to all local businesses who gave so generously.  A full sponsor list will appear in next week’s Range News.  The level of support is quite humbling.

Winners of the monster raffle will also be announced in next week’s TRN.   Thanks to Barbara’s Nye’s superb coordination and the generousity of raffle sponsors, ticket sellers sold 5000 raffle tickets – just another record for the 2003 Maleny Wood Expo.   Congratulations to everyone involved – From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture Maleny Wood Expo is now truly a signature event for the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.