Lawyers go wild in spirit of festival
THERE is no age limit for playing cowboys and Indians, even for lawyers.
Stacks Law Firm in Murwillumbah won first place for its saloon setting in the Banana Festival's Window Dressing Competition.
More than 20 Murwillumbah businesses and five primary schools decorated their front window space in the festival's Wild, Wild West theme.
Sue Deegenaars, from Stacks, said the set-up was left to the last minute.
“Nobody wanted to do it but it all fell together at the end. We put in a bit of work before and after hours to get it done,” Ms Deegenaars said.
“It's a great group activity for the whole office. We have lots of fun doing it.
“All the clients like it and we've had a few people stop by to check it out. Unfortunately there are road works going on out the front of the building at the moment so we're not as visible as normal.”
The law firm would also look at adopting a Speed on Tweed theme when the motor sport event rolls into town next month, Ms Deegenaars said.
The competition was judged by reigning Banana Festival Queen Grace Molloy and a representative from the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce, who inspected all nominated stores on Wednesday before announcing the winners later that afternoon.
Banana Festival president Chris Chrisostomos said the annual competition gained a lot of attention.
“It's good to see a lot of businesses dressing up for the week and getting into the spirit of the festival,” Mr Chrisostomos said. “We were down a few entries based on last year but the quality of the sets was amazing.”
Gabriel's Closet placed second.
“We all brought in some stuff from home that resembles the age,” owner Gabriel Flanagan said.
“We had some straw and even a mannequin dressed in the appropriate attire.”
All winning Banana Festival Window Dressing displays will stay up for the rest of the festival.
In other Banana Festival events, the Video Ezy Short Film Festival is on tonight from 7pm to 11pm at Murwillumbah Showground Pavilion and the Country and Western Night is from 7.30pm to 10pm at Murwillumbah Autumn Club.
Tomorrow's feature is the street parade from noon to 1.30pm in the Murwillumbah CBD, followed by a family fun day at Knox Park.
The Tweed River Spectacular Aquatic Carnival will be on from 10am to 2pm at Tweed River, Budd Park.Winners First prize: Stacks Law Firm, 12 Queen Street Second prize: Gabriel's Closet, 130 Main Street School winner: Murwillumbah Primary School display at Westpac Bank, Cnr Murwillumbah & Brisbane streets
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