Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival reels in appreciative crowd
AN early influx of visitors failed to catch organisers of a successful Tin Can Bay Festival by surprise at the weekend.
Organiser Valerie Todd said this year's crowd arrived earlier than usual but plenty of planning was put to good use on Saturday.
"The bulk of people arrived an hour earlier than normal this year, which was a little unusual, but the entire day was a great success," she said.
"I'm not sure if it was because people were worried about storms later in the day or the footy finals had some part to play."
Food retailers set up during the festival reported strong trade as festival visitors enjoyed an array of seafood treats on offer.
Ms Todd was overwhelmed by the positive feedback received yesterday, including from those who praised the beer tent.
Organisers had considered revamping or even scrapping the beer tent after the attraction struggled in previous years but at the weekend it was the place to be.
"This year was fantastic," Ms Todd said.
"Perhaps because it was a bit warmer people wanted to grab a cold drink and sit down and socialise."
Meanwhile, local artist Glen Mooney helped ensure the stage was always a source of great live entertainment.
"Very professional and it was a fantastic line-up," Ms Todd said.
"Glen organised many of his mates to perform on the day and the crowd enjoyed it."
A snag for festival organisers, however, was a lack of wind grounding the kite demonstration.
"The kite fellow came up with some great kites but he couldn't fly them," Ms Todd said.
"There was no wind at Tin Can Bay after Friday and on that day it was around 40 knots.
"He did get one kite up early in the morning but after that it just wasn't possible."
The seafood festival even managed to dodge a serious thunderstorm which dumped large hail and delivered gale-force winds inland at Wolvi.
Meanwhile, the festival organiser sung the praises of the raffle, won by Ian Stevens. Mr Stevens won his weight in prawns and will receive his prize in instalments over the coming months.
To give an indication of the value of the spend helping boost the Tin Can Bay economy, an ATM on site recorded 289 transactions valued at $31,440.