An enterprising and community-minded group of young people decided to hold a "SUMMERFEST" Beach Carnival during the January holidays, as an event which would not only involve locals, but provide an attraction for our visitors.
As it turned out, summer has almost been cancelled this year, with all the rain and overcast weather, and even a cyclone. Because of this, the Summerfest had to be postponed a number of times.
They were finally able to hold it today - an absolutely glorious day - and it was well worth waiting for!!!
One of the main attractions was to be the Raft Race, and the Christian-Bailey boys and their friends and colleagues have been very busy with not one, but two rafts.
Darren, Joel, Paw-paw Jr and Adrian have some hand-decorated shirts to match the raft
We were not sure who won, as we were at the other end of the beach. Later we found out that Darren and the boys had reached the finish line first, in spite of a few rotten eggs flying betweeen the teams. But the Fletcher Christian raft, while the most elaborate and attractive, was definitely last! It was very low in the water, but miraculously it stayed afloat, while being pushed from behind by Brandt, and "captained" by 4 year old Teddy.
Young William is not sure what all the excitement is about!
Like the Bounty, H.M.S.Fletcher Christian manages to stay afloat on the high seas
Back to the carpark through the cool and shady pines
What a great day, and a real credit to the young organisers. We look forward to an even bigger and better Summerfest next year!