The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival has again been recognised at state level, receiving Regional Flagship Events Funding from Destination NSW for the third year in a row.
Thanks to the funding program, the Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival committee now has an additional $10,000 to support its marketing efforts, allowing it to promote the festival further afield and draw more visitors into Junee Shire.
2015 Chairperson, Neil Smith said receiving the funding is fantastic recognition for Junee and the festival.
“The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival has continued to grow year on year, with the 2014 event attracting around 5,000 people,” he said.
“The funding received from Destination NSW has a huge impact on the way we can promote the event, allowing us to run promotions in larger regional areas and interstate as a means of attracting more visitors to the area. This is not only great for the festival, but has flow on effects for the whole region and the tourism industry.”
“When visitors come to the festival, they spend money locally, on accommodation, food, petrol, gifts – even down to buying the local newspaper or visiting the pharmacy. It also gets people experiencing what the region has to offer, and then they go home and tell their friends, or plan a return visit at another time. The benefits are huge!” he said.
It has been an exciting year for the Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival, taking out Gold in the Community Festivals and Events category at the Inland Tourism Awards, and going on to contest the category at state level.
The 2015 festival is being held on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 March. The program and ticket sales for selected events will be online early in the new year at www.rhythmnrail.com.au