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Jazz fans over the moon about outback Qld festival

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It may not be a full moon in Queensland this weekend but there’s still an October Moon Festival being celebrated in the state’s north-west.

Hundreds of people are expected at horse races tomorrow and later on the banks of Lake Fred Tritton at Richmond, east of Mount Isa, for the town’s sixth October Moon event.

The jazz festival is aimed at raising funds for local music education and organiser Kacie Lord says they will make sure the moon is a feature.

“We’ve now got 12 piano students, three violinists, a children’s choir and a music group that comes,” she said.

“The first time we had it … it was actually on the night of the full moon, so we decided we would call it the October Moon festival and we would try and have it on the night of the full moon.

“Sometimes that doesn’t happen, so we create our own moon hanging up above the stage.”

She says the festival began six years ago as a way to raise money for musical education for local children.

“Music, with the combination of catching up with old friends, I think really helps people realise there are others out there doing it tough and everybody is doing it tough at the moment,” she said.

“It is just good to get out and see other people and maybe talk about it [or] not talk about it – just to have a drink and a laugh.

“It is really important that we all do that at this stage.”