Border Rockers club members from Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast … back row, Trevor and Ann Greene and Russell Millard; at front, Russell Richardson, Kerrie-Ann Block and Chris Greene
Terry Mackrell and his wife Rhonda organise the annual Waterhole Rocks festival alongside a team of volunteers

October 24, 2023

The 10th Heritage Waterhole Rocks rock’n’roll festival at Nanango Showgrounds broke a bunch of records at the weekend.

Co-organiser Terry Mackrell said there was a record number of caravan and campervans (380), a record number of meals served up at Thursday night’s pig-on-the-spit (240) and almost 1000 people through the gate.

The car show on Sunday also featured a record number of entries, as did the fashion parade.

The early-bird barbecue at the Gas Guzzlers Shed on Wednesday – followed by music and dancing – was so popular the festival will be officially extended to five days next year.

Thursday night was the VIP launch for the 10th event, which featured a big fireworks display.

“Everyone was raving about the fireworks, which was supposed to be a total surprise,” Terry said

Terry said the one-hour Gospel music show on Sunday, featuring local singer Jeff Hancox, was as popular as ever.

He had received feedback from the crowd that it should be longer, which they may do next year.

Overall, Terry said the festival had been “fantastic”.

“It was a huge success and we are already beginning planning for next year’s event. We also have some bands lined up for next year,” he said.

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Fashion Parade Winners

  • Women – Marie Marsden, Regents Park
  • Men – Wayne Anderson, Mango Hill
  • Couple – Wayne and Anne Anderson, Mango Hill
The Rock n Roll Boys were rocking on stage on Saturday morning … there was non-stop music across the four-day event
Gloria Fleming and Bill Courtman, from Nanango, were helping out in the canteen … Gloria also marshalled the fashion parade on Sunday
Debbie Sullivan, from Deception Bay, and Kevin Farrelly, from Taree, were having fun on the dance floor …
… as were Fianne Booth, from Caboolture, and Ted Fitzgibbon, from Morayfield
A special floor is laid every year for the dancers to enjoy … it is then stored away carefully for next year’s festival


One Response to "Visitors Rock On At Nanango"

  1. A fantastic weekend and a great way to meet like-minded people who have a passion for the Rock & Roll era. Thanks Heritage Bank and Nanango, superb organisation… we’ll be back next year.

    – Christine & Russell Millard

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