Weather couldn’t stop the success of the Tilligerry Festival

Murrook Dancers perform for the crowd in a moving cultura dance.
Murrook Dancers perform for the crowd in a moving cultura dance.

 

THE skies over the peninsula might have been grey and ominous, but the spirit and atmosphere at the 2017 Tilligerry Festival was shining bright.

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The weather threatened right up until the eleventh hour to cancel or hinder the event, but organisers were pleased to be able to go ahead as planned, albeit with a bit of wind and the threat of rain.

There was something for everyone at the festival this year, with stalls galore, entertainment, food vans and activities.

A traditional welcome to Country and a blessing of the fleet opened the family day, wit

The children’s playground was packed all day, with kids enjoying time together while their parents sat listening to the various performers and relaxing.

Performers include the local Ukulele group, the ‘Lemon Ukelypts’, children’s karaoke, Tanilba Bay School, the Diamond Dancers, the Murrook Dancers, a Soul Fire Circus workshop and Kahibah Brass.

Stall holders held onto their hats and their gazebos in the windy weather, but braved the threat of rain to offer attendees a wonderful collection of items ranging from handmade creations, through to children’s toys, clothing and the always popular licorice straps.

Oakvale Farm and Fauna world provided a selection of animals for everyone to meet and learn about, with the staff of hand to teach families interesting facts on our furry friends.

A large grassed area of sideshows and rides provided entertainment to those looking for an adrenaline rush, with the
‘Freak Out’ and ‘Speed C2’ providing thrills for those who found the tea cup ride just wasn’t enough.

Peninsula resident Andrea Robinson spoke with News Of The Area about the event, saying, “I’m so glad the weather held out, because they’ve put on such a lovely family day.”

“We’ve had such a fantastic day, and it’s really made us want to come down and utilise the foreshore park more than we have been.”

“We truly do live in one of the most beautiful places, we are so lucky,” she said.

A beautiful display of fireworks closed off the night, with volunteers pleased with the overall success of the day and evening.

The success of the Tilligerry Festival is dependant on volunteers and input into the community, so make sure you get involved to ensure this wonderful annual community event continues.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

Children from local dance schools perform at the TIlligerry Festival.
Children from local dance schools perform at the TIlligerry Festival.

 

The Tilligerry habitat provided native seedlings for attendees.
The Tilligerry habitat provided native seedlings for attendees.

 

Santa dropped into the festival to visit the children.
Santa dropped into the festival to visit the children.

 

The blessing of the fleet was a popular event at the Tilligerry Festival.
The blessing of the fleet was a popular event at the Tilligerry Festival.

 

Murrook Dancers showed the crowds their pride in their culture.
Murrook Dancers showed the crowds their pride in their culture.

 

The best dressed pirates at the blessing of the fleet!
The best dressed pirates at the blessing of the fleet!

 

Oakvale Farm animal petting was a hit with the kids.
Oakvale Farm animal petting was a hit with the kids.

 

Pastor Dave conducted the official section of the blessing of the fleet with a variety of special guests.
Pastor Dave conducted the official section of the blessing of the fleet with a variety of special guests.

 

Santa brought lollies for all the children visiting the Festival.
The Jolly man in the red suit made for smiles all round at the Festival.

 

Santa brought lollies for all the children visiting the Festival.
Santa brought lollies for all the children visiting the Festival.

 

Kumar’s Pharmacy provided free blood pressure checks at the Festival.
Kumar’s Pharmacy provided free blood pressure checks at the Festival.

 

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