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2018 Strawbfest Triumph


​What a superb night for Strawbfest 2018! After a week of cold, rainy weather, Strawbfest night was perfect – starry skies with a mild temperature. A large crowd gathered to enjoy the atmosphere, food and entertainment all with a hint of strawberry flavour. It is beyond a small miracle that such a small community can stage such a prominent Sunshine Coast event. As we well know there is a HUGE amount of work surrounding the organisation and running of this event.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! - to our Chevallum school community.
The commitment of the Chevallum school community makes this event the success it is and this year was no exception.

Again I must acknowledge extra efforts of a small band of people who were the ‘core’ of this event – our P&C Executive (Kym, Sue and Megan), Strawbfest Coordinators (Dani and Alicia), Food convenors (Sue and Lee), Strawbfest Treasurer (Sami), Parent Reps, Site coordinator (Ross), Entertainment convenor (Katie), Media Coordinator (Nicole), Food donations co-ordinator (Katherine) and Heath, our groundsman.

This event requires the whole school community to ‘pull together’ so thanks again to the tireless band of Chevallum staff and parent volunteers.

It is too difficult to mention everybody individually. I would also like to acknowledge our major sponsors (Twist Strawberries, Energex, Sunshine Coast Council, Unique); local businesses for their raffle donations and equipment hire (Claytons and JC Hire); and local community groups, Lions, Rotary and Palmwoods Rural Fire Service, for their donation of time.


TWIST BROTHERS – END OF AN ERA – 32 Years of Support for Strawbfest!!!
The Twist Brothers, Rick, David, Jeff and their families have supported Chevallum State School since Strawbfest’s conception in 1987. Each year the Twists have kept strawberry fields open, quite often beyond the strawberry season, to allow our school access to their abundant juicy produce. Over the years, the Twists, generous beyond belief, have provided extra picked produce, kept their fields watered beyond the season, taught our students how to professionally pack punnets, allowed use of packing sheds and cold rooms and provided free packaging whilst letting our students trek onto their private land. All of this generosity was provided, in the words of Rick Twist, because ‘we just love to see the kids in our fields and we like to help out the school’. Personally, I would like to acknowledge the community spirit and kind heartedness of the Twist brothers and their families who are the ‘salt of the earth’ and thank them on behalf of Chevallum State School.

They are a fine example of ‘paying it forward’ and our school and students over the many years are direct beneficiaries of their generosity. The Twists will be changing their direction in farming and will be sadly moving away from strawberry industry after 46 years. They are looking forward to new beginnings where their lives are not so determined by the weather and/or market forces. Chevallum State School wishes them well in their future endeavours. The Twists are still our wonderful neighbours who still generously allow our parents to park on their private land. Chevallum State School will continue our positive community relationship with the Twists. Our school will publically acknowledge the Twists contribution to our school – more information will be provided soon.