About a month ago the local Christian radio station that we listen to, Hope 103.2, was running a competition for tickets to Easterfest, Toowoomba. Easterfest is a Christian music festival that’s held in Toowoomba, Queensland and has been going for the last 13 years. I registered my name, not thinking that I would win. I wrote on the cow blackboard (yes, I have a blackboard in the shape of a cow) that is hung near our kitchen what I needed to say just in case the radio station rang me. I never thought that I’d win.
Day 1 of the competition, I listened as I organised my kids out the door, no phone call.
Day 2 of the competition, the older 3 had just left for school and G was nagging me to put the tv on. I walked over to the radio to turn it off and they had just started the call out. The phone rang on the radio and my heart dropped a little in disappointment, the phone continued to ring and eventually the broadcasters cut the call and started on call #2. Again, the phone rang out and as the presenters were discussing the possibility of no one answering their phones that morning, my phone began to ring. I quickly picked up the phone and said very timidly (just in case it was someone else) “Hope 103.2 send me to Easterfest”. I instantly heard cheering on the other end of the line. I won, I won a family pass to Easterfest 2013 with a premium upgrade. I honestly couldn’t believe it!
The next few hours were spent in a flurry of activity as I tried desperately to find accommodation for a family of 7 in the already packed to the rafters city of Toowoomba. Finally – after a few tears – found accommodation in Postman’s Ridge, about a 15 minute drive out of Toowoomba, down in the Lockyer Valley (yeah, you read right, the place that had all that flooding, although I didn’t realise that until we were there). I was quite hesitant when I rang Six Mile Country, the camping ground that amazingly enough had cabins big enough for my family, I wasn’t expecting them to have any spots left, so I was beyond pleasantly surprised when she said that the 8 berth cabin was available. And the price, oh my, so affordable, especially in comparison to what we would have paid if we’d stayed in a motel. After that it was easy to find accommodation on the road to and from Toowoomba – for those playing along at home, it’s about a 12 hour trip from the Blue Mountains in NSW (where I am) to Toowoomba, QLD (where we were going). I guess if the kids were older we could probably have done the trip in 1 day (and to my darling husband, I don’t think I will be ever up for trying that!) but 5 -6 hours in the car is not fun, especially for the kids. Plus with all the toilet and food stops it generally ends up being a lot longer than what we expect.
It wasn’t until the week before we were supposed to leave it hit me that we were going away for almost a full week and then the pressure was on to get all the washing done, dry and folded, ready to pack. What I accomplished in that week still astounds me, especially considering that I still managed to blog and get some knitting done in that time :p .
There were moments on our journey that we both wondered what we were up to (me more than Mr HKWT, seeing as I won the tickets and he was only along for the ride) especially once we got to the camp ground. There were only 2 showers and 2 toilets for all the people camping, and while that was fine on Thursday night/ Good Friday morning, by the time Friday afternoon rolled around and all the other guests had arrived, that was a lot of people using only a few facilities. And folks, this may come as a surprise to all of you, but I am no camper! I found the whole sharing amenities a little confronting – but for the sake of my personal hygiene I did get over it :p .
But in the end it was more than worth it and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. The people in the caravan/ tent set up across from us were also going to Easterfest and their daughters played so nicely with my kids. They were also kind enough to lend us their GPS so we could find Queens Park (which really wasn’t that difficult to find) and told us where the “secret” parking was – aka free parking.
There was a dedicated kids programme run by Scripture Union Queensland. While Mr HKWT and I were rather tied to that particular area due to needing to supervise our children, the kids had a ball. There was phenomenal face painting, a jumping castle thingy, a ball pit, a petting zoo full of little farm animals including the cutest tiny little piglets, games, activities galore, a sand pit, colouring in, a circus school – not once did I hear the word “bored” in the whole 3 days. The kids had a blast! And Mr HKWT and I did manage to get out individually to see some of the other things that were happening around Easterfest, plus drink some of the best coffee I have ever EVER tasted!
Saturday was the epoch of the weekend for me and will probably go down in history as one of the best days of my life! In an amazing twist of fate (sometimes having kids has it’s bonuses beyond the love, cuddles and kisses) I managed to not only meet the guys from NewWorldSon but I also had my picture taken with them, all the while listening to Audio Adrenaline, who were just over the fence, sound check. Then I had my Audio Adrenaline cd – Under Dog – signed by Audio A. That cd is now priceless! To top off an awesome day, Saturday night was spent singing and grooving along at the Audio Adrenaline concert headed up by their new front man, K Max, originally from DC Talk. E. P. I. C! Now I know the vast majority of you will be wondering who I’m talking about and if you ever walked past any of these fellas you wouldn’t even bat an eyelid and that’s ok. It was my epoch, my day to savour, my weekend to be forever thankful for, a memory that will always bring a smile to my face (especially after being told by 2 of the artists that I admire so deeply that I was wearing a cool t shirt) – and yes, I’m still smiling now, almost a full week later at the joy that weekend bought me.
What did you get up to over Easter?