Sun shines

Crowds stream in for fes­ti­val fun

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam Poulsen

Ger­ald­ton res­i­dents awoke to a wet and gloomy Sun­day morn­ing, but the weather cleared just in time for the open­ing of the 60th an­nual Sun­shine Fes­ti­val.

To launch the week-long event, a Fam­ily Fun Day was held at the fore­shore, draw­ing big crowds to Stow Gar­dens for all man­ner of en­ter­tain­ment.

A quin­tes­sen­tial part of the fes­ti­val, the Ger­ald­ton Yacht Club’s 25th an­nual Dragon Boat Chal­lenge drew plenty of spec­ta­tors early on.

The GMA Gar­net BMX Stunt Show im­pressed young and old spec­ta­tors alike, as rid­ers ca­su­ally pulled off mas­sive flips and other mind-bend­ing tricks on com­mand.

There were food stalls both fa­mil­iar and ex­otic, show­bags for sale, and live mu­sic, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance by the Ger­ald­ton Pri­mary School choir.

In the af­ter­noon, the 711 Squadron Aus­tralian Air Force Cadets were awarded Free­dom of En­try to the City in a cer­e­mony held in Edith Cowan Square, fol­lowed by a fly-past by RAAF Pearce- -based 79 Squadron Hawk air­craft.

Next came the main event, the QTM Float Pa­rade, which at­tracted hun­dreds of rev­ellers to the city cen­tre to watch the pro­ces­sion down Ma­rine Ter­race.

Dozens of com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses took part, in­clud­ing crowd favourites Ger­ald­ton Dog Res­cue, which was ac­com­pa­nied by a pack of hi­lar­i­ously dressed pooches. His­tory re-en­act­ment en­thu­si­asts the Twin River Guard were pop­u­lar as usual, with mem­bers dressed as me­dieval knights, roy­alty and re­li­gious fig­ures.

Other high­lights in­cluded a fleet of vin­tage cars, the Sin City Rollers roller derby club, and dancers dressed in wildly colour­ful garb.

Sev­eral vol­un­teer groups also made an ap­pear­ance, in­clud­ing Cape Bur­ney and Wag­grakine Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigades, and Ger­ald­ton and Cham­pion Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Clubs.

The Sun­shine Fes­ti­val runs un­til Satur­day, with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and events be­ing held across the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton.

Pic­tures: Adam Poulsen

Chil­dren dressed as yel­low sub­marines join the pa­rade down Ma­rine Ter­race at the 60th an­nual Sun­shine Fes­ti­val.

Roller derby play­ers, the Sin City Rollers, had as much fun as any­one on the day.

A GMA Gar­net BMX Stunt Show rider per­forms a stunt for the crowd.

Mem­bers of me­dieval re-en­act­ment group Twin River Guard.

This pooch, walked by a Ger­ald­ton Dog Res­cue vol­un­teer, was happy to play dress-up.

Pic­tures: Adam Poulsen

Colour­ful cos­tumes were plen­ti­ful.

A large cross-sec­tion of the Ger­ald­ton com­mu­nity took part in the QTM Float Pa­rade.

The Jump! float, with its ma­rine theme, was pop­u­lar with the chil­dren.

Ger­ald­ton Surf Life Sav­ing Club joins the pa­rade.

The 1st Ger­ald­ton Scout Group Joeys.

The 711 Squadron Aus­tralian Air Force Cadets start the QTM Float Pa­rade af­ter be­ing granted Free­dom of En­try to the City.

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