Laurel Dodson and Ruth Kackell, from Kingaroy, were having fun browsing the tables of novels for sale

March 22, 2021

Book lovers had 12,000 reasons to smile – or rather, 12,000 books to pore over – with the return of Bookarama to Kingaroy at the weekend.

Organisation of the annual bookfest was passed from Taabinga Rotary to the St John’s P&F Association last year, but then COVID stopped it going ahead.

The P&F inherited 6000 books from Rotary but used the extra time ahead of the 2021 event to gather another 6000 – everything from kids’ books to sporting biographies.

Year 8 and 9 students from St John’s Lutheran School helped set up the books in Kingaroy Town Hall on Friday after months of sorting by P&F volunteers.

Flocks of buyers descended on the Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday, scanning QR codes before entering as is now required just about everywhere.

A P&F spokesperson told southburnett.com.au funds raised from the sales would be used to assist various projects at the school.

And the event would definitely be held in March from now on (not September, which had been the traditional date).

Outside the hall, parents of Year 6 students were running a sausage sizzle as part of fundraising for a class trip to Cairns.

Local author Chrys McDuffie was selling copies of “Daddy’s Little Hero” book with funds raised going to assist local rural fire brigades and Wildlife Rescue

Year 6 parent Nathan Dean was busy at the barbecue, helping to raise funds for the class trip

Mei-Lin Dean and daughter Tiahna, 11, at the Year 6 sausage sizzle
The scene inside Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday morning as hordes of potential buyers pored over books

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