Tilda, the giant puppet, is paraded through the park at Cotton Tree.
Tilda, the giant puppet, is paraded through the park at Cotton Tree. Brett Wortman

Woodford Folk Festival ticket sales spike

CONSUMER confidence might be down but the Woodford Folk Festival is bucking spending trends with a growth in pre-festival ticket sales.

Festival director Bill Hauritz said ticket sales so far were about 3% up on previous years and predicted this year's festival from December 27 to January 1 would be a special one, not only in numbers.

"We've never had it so good," Mr Hauritz said

"I put it down to the weather," he said.

"The overcast weather is great for all the workers on site. We're ahead of schedule. It's quite fantastic this year. I think we're heading into a really special event.

"It's been an odd year for a lot of people and when that happens, it points to a fantastic event at the end of it."

 

The public had a taste of what to expect at Woodford when a 5m puppet, Tilda, conjured from this year's festival poster, made an appearance at Cotton Tree yesterday with a performance troupe.

Her appearance coincided with the release of results from an independent study into the economic value of the festival, which found it contributed more than $21 million to the Queensland economy.

The report found festival-goers travelling to the region for last year's festival spent an average of $461, international visitors spent about twice that.



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