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Rain Can’t Stop The Music

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June and Rudy Galea, members of the Eagle Rock Dance Club, travelled from Newcastle to enjoy this year's Waterhole Rocks festival at the Nanango Showgrounds

October 25, 2017

“Waterhole” Rocks proved to be a fitting name for this year’s four-day celebration of rock’n'roll at Nanango Showgrounds.

Last week’s rain scared away some of the caravans and campervans that had been booked in for the event, but didn’t put a dampener on the music or the dancing.

Event secretary Sue Osberg said there had been more than 300 vans originally booked – which would have been a record – but they had ended up with about 230, almost the same number as last year.

The weekend kicked off on Thursday, and there was already a good crowd in attendance with 330 people served at that night’s spit roast dinner.

“On Thursday night, when we had the Rock’n'Roll Boys on stage,┬áthe dance floor was like a Saturday night three years ago,” event co-ordinator Terry Mackrell said.

Dancing lessons were popular on each morning, and the Fashion Parade on Saturday evening attracted many entries, with prizes awarded in five categories.

There was rarely any time across the event when there wasn’t at least a few couples on the dance floor, which is laid especially for Waterhole Rocks every year.

The rain did claim one victim … the Vintage Caravan and Car Show’n'Shine scheduled for Sunday was cancelled because the ground was too wet.

Organisers threw open the gates for free entry on Sunday, which included a Gospel Music concert by Jeff Hancox.

Waterhole Rocks secretary Sue Osberg was kept busy making sure everything was running smoothly

Nanango Show Society president Les Schloss, Chaseley Browning and Bill Marshall

Waterhole Rocks event co-ordinator Terry Mackrell was happy with the numbers, despite the rain

The winners of the Fashion Competition were announced on Saturday night (Photo: Waterhole Rocks)

Members of the Sunshine Rockers, from Brisbane ... at back, John O'Connor and Michael O'Brien; front; Robyn O'Connor, Robyn Hurley and Shaynee O'Brien

The South Burnett's own Elvis, Jeff Hancox, had several turns on stage, as well as leading the Sunday morning Gospel Concert

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