River festival makes a splash
THE Family River Fun Day event for the Mary River Festival went off with a splash.
Glorious weather made the day a success, as heaps of kids enjoyed playing in the river and tubing down the rapids.
Fun and games by the river included rock skipping, sack racing, black-bean and spoon racing and canoeing. More than 200 people came to enjoy the day beside the river, in the first event of the Mary River Festival 2010.
Festival organisers were thrilled with the success of the day.
“Before cooling off with a swim, adults and kids got their hands dirty planting trees which will help stabilise the riverbank,” event team leader Adele Coombs said.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner and danced to Irish music played by the band Keltica, in a joyful Mary River dance, followed by Glen Naylor’s band Short Note.
Mary River Festival fun continues this weekend with celebrations at Kandanga Recreation Grounds on Saturday at 1pm with stalls, workshops, jam tent, music performers and a twilight parade.
Bands playing on the day include Ebb n Flo, Things That Swing, Barry Charles, Asa Broomhall and Chardonnay Sippers.
Also featured this weekend is the inaugural Mary River Awards presented by well-known ABC presenter John Stokes.