NEW HEIGHTS: The 'Avo Drop Tombola' will be a fun new form of entertainment at the annual Blackbutt Avocado Festival.
NEW HEIGHTS: The 'Avo Drop Tombola' will be a fun new form of entertainment at the annual Blackbutt Avocado Festival. Skydive Dive Australia Website

No shortage of Avo Entertainment at upcoming festival

THIS year the annual Blackbutt Avocado Festival is preparing to take things to a new height.

Local skydiver and owner of Skydive Australia Rod Benson has generously offered his unique skills to entertain the festival goers, which will be a first for the South Burnett region.

On Saturday, September 14 at 2pm Mr Benson along with two other professional skydivers will launch themselves out of the plane at 1,500 metres.

As part of the entertainment, the public can purchase one cup for $5 or three cups for $10 for the new event, 'Avo Drop Tombola.'

Competitors will need to have placed their individually marked cups by 1.30pm on the Avo Joe character shape drawn over the Blackbutt Showgrounds.

The top $500 prize will be determined by which lucky cup Rod Benson lands closet to on the day with the other two parachutists awarding a $200 and $100 cash prize to their cup owners.

There has been no limit placed on the number of cups for sale and they are available for pre-purchase online and on the day at the family friendly festival.

Whilst falling at a rapid pace, the parachutists will also each unveil a enormous 30x50m sign, showcasing either one of the major sponsors or the Australian flag.

All of the profits raised from the Avo Drop Tombola will be put back into the not-for-profit community festival.

With the funds, organisers aim to continue to grow the festival that celebrates the country community and showcases local produce, especially avocados.

Blackbutt Avocado Festival Chairman Jeff Conor said his favourite part of the festival is just seeing the number of people transform their quaint little town.

"Our population grows from about 300 to 400 people to well into the thousands,” he said.

"There is a real buzz happening, the show grounds are packed with campers and the streets are full of people.”

For more information about the event, visit the Blackbutt Avocado Festival website or Facebook page.