Maryborough Rockin' Festival creates blast to the past

THE Maryborough CBD stepped back in time this weekend as people flocked to the Rockin' Maryborough Festival which took over the Wharf St precinct.

Rockin' Maryborough president Rachel Azzopardi said the two-and-a-half day vintage festival kicked off with a bang at the Rock n Roll Vintage Ball on Friday night.

"Our ball was sold out," she said.

"We had the pin-up competition which was the first for Maryborough."

Ms Azzopardi declared the first year of the festival a success and estimated between 4000 and 5000 people attended the event, including visitors from as far away as Victoria.

Other attractions for the weekend included a vintage tattoo competition at the Post Office Hotel.

She said while vintage festivals were popular around the country, Maryborough had an advantage other towns did not.

"I had people saying to me that Maryborough is the perfect backdrop because of all the vintage buildings," she said.

Other events throughout the weekend included vintage car displays, pooches on parade, dance lessons and live music.

Ms Azzopardi said it was not only the festival stalls which benefited from the weekend.

"The businesses that are here in the street, they definitely had a great trade," she said.

The festival is expected to go ahead next year.

Ms Azzopardi said as a first-time event the committee was hoping to learn from the successes and any failures from this year's event.

"There could be things which could run smoother," she said.

Ms Azzopardi said the committee was open to any suggestions from businesses and the public about how the event may be improved.