Baconfest by the numbers: How successful was first event?
BACONFEST brought thousands of visitors to the region and showed the rest of the country just how well South Burnett does big events.
Speaking at the recent Chamber of Commerce and Industry monthly meet and greet and AGM, Chief Baconeer, Kathryn Stevens praised South Burnett businesses for their involvement in Baconfest.
"Thank you to all of the businesses who supported and encouraged us on the journey, the success wouldn't have happened without your support,” she said.
As part of her presentation, Ms Stevens provided details from a report compiled by Sydney based research company, IER on the success of Baconfest.
The IER report on the Baconfest event produced the following statistics:
- 8000 people attended Baconfest over three days
- $370,000 was injected into the Kingaroy economy exclusively from Baconfest attendees
- A further $60,000 was injected into Queensland economy
- 2500 visitor nights were generated from Baconfest travellers
- Majority of these nights were from interstate visitors
- 30 local community groups were involved
- Baconfest's average approval rating was 4.8/5
Whilst this was a significant amount of income for the region and beyond, Ms Stevens said the success of the festival is more than just monetary.
"The benefits to our region are greater than economic,” she said.
The Chief Baconeer proudly rattled off the long list of media partners who supported Baconfest including Courier Mail, Hit FM, Channel 7 news and the South Burnett Times.
"South Burnett Times did an amazing job in supporting us,” Ms Stevens said.
Kingaroy residents are being encouraged to prepare for a bigger and better Baconfest next year after the committee gave Baconfest 2019 the green light earlier this month.
"We looked at the statistics and we thought we can't argue with that,” Ms Stevens said.