FUN TIMES: The boats are being built and participants young and old are getting ready for the Proston Regatta in the Park on April 20.
FUN TIMES: The boats are being built and participants young and old are getting ready for the Proston Regatta in the Park on April 20. Contributed

Town to come alive for Regatta in the Park

PROSTON is in readiness for their annual Regatta in the Park event. But some long-time locals think it is much more than just an event.

President and secretary of the hosting association, Jarin Muirhead was anticipating another bumper crowd.

After last year's event, he said some of the locals hadn't seen Proston come alive like that for many years.

"Not since WWII have they had such an event," he said.

"It was great to see old people engaging with the younger ones."

Mr Muirhead said the Regatta in the Park was the creative result of the roundtable group who decided they had to be proactive and generate some positive energy into their town.

"We came up with some ideas to get people in the town," he said.

As well as generating a huge spike in numbers for the weekend, the Regatta in the Park will raise funds for the Proston Men's Shed.

Businesses and the public can buy a boat which they then navigate through the dry course towards the pirate's treasure at the end.

Each team then has the opportunity to take a lucky dip and win some great prizes.

The major sponsors go into the regatta class for a chance to proudly raise the highly regarded perpetual trophy.

As well as the popular boat races, there will be the country women's Easter street parade and markets.

"It is a great opportunity for everyone to re-engaged with each other," Mr Muirhead said.

"It is rebuilding a good spirit of participation in the town."

The ultimate goal from the event was to show people outside the region how great Proston is and then have them come back on a regular basis.

"Last year, quite a few families came in from Boondooma Dam," Mr Muirhead said.

The Regatta in the Park event will be held on April 20 at Railway Park in Rodney St, Proston.

For more information go to the Proston Regatta in the Park website.