Beenleigh was alive and loud in early June when over 3000 people attended the Forde Family Expo and Junior Quota Teddy Bears Picnic.
Children were excited and faces were smiling as the first Forde Expo was held at the Beenleigh Showgrounds.
The event, which will become annual, was completely free and held by Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen.
The day consisted of a BBQ by Nightlight, activities, games, live entertainment, a trackless train, rock climbing wall and over 30 different stalls from all over the community.
Junior Quota Beenleigh also held their Teddy Bears Picnic which included games and events, such as Teddy Bears Parade, Dancing with Elton, Beenleigh Jumping Beans Skipping Team, Beenleigh High School Dancers and Step Right Dancers, Teddy Bear Toss, plus they had some new games happening as well.
Mr van Manen’s team were set up under gazebos handing out free lollies and other fun goods while Mr van Manen was on foot talking to as many families as possible.
“With the rising cost of living, many families are facing difficult times,” said Mr van Manen.
“So, I wanted all our families to come along and enjoy a completely free day out. It was an absolutely great day for everyone involved.
“I’d like to thank all our sponsors who helped make the day a success. We estimated around 3000 people passed through the gates of the Beenleigh Showgrounds, which for a first-time event is amazing.
“We look forward to hosting the next Forde Family Expo in 2024,” Mr van Manen said.