Spir­its soar at fes­ti­val of fam­ily fun

Stilt per­form­ers Beth Shel­don and Clare Stace, of Glim­mer, en­ter­tained the crowd at the 44th an­nual FeNaClNG Fes­ti­val, where thou­sands of Kar­ratha lo­cals and vis­i­tors en­joyed a week­end of fam­ily fun.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha Dampier Lions Club pres­i­dent Wayne Dono­hoe called the club’s an­nual FeNaClNG Fes­ti­val a big suc­cess as crowds turned out in the thou­sands.

Although the town’s down­turn at­tracted fewer peo­ple at the pop­u­lar event, Mr Dono­hoe said he ex­pected fundrais­ing ef­forts to be about the $50,000 mark.

The 44th FeNaClNG Fes­ti­val kicked off on Satur­day morn­ing with the float pa­rade.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School won this year’s pa­rade with its colour­ful float ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and re­cy­cling.

They had some tough com­pe­ti­tion with Pegs Creek PS com­ing in sec­ond place, Kar­ratha Sho­tokan Karate club se­cur­ing third place and Bayn­ton West PS came fourth with its su­per­hero-themed dis­play.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long then wel­comed the crowd and en­cour­aged peo­ple to sup­port lo­cal groups and busi­nesses at the fes­ti­val.

“It gets big­ger and bet­ter, this fes­ti­val, and that’s in line with what we’re do­ing in our town be­cause our town is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year, too,” he said.

“Please sup­port our lo­cal busi­nesses and our lo­cal com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions by buy­ing some­thing at their stalls — it’s a great help for them.”

Mr Dono­hoe said the fes­ti­val high­lights were the two head­line acts, Big T and the Aus­tralian INXS and Divinyls shows, which drew huge crowds as well as the fire­works dis­play and artist Phil Don­con, aka Paint Stormer.

Dur­ing his set, the for­mer X-Fac­tor Aus­tralia con­tes­tant Big T hopped into the crowd, greet­ing fans and tak­ing self­ies while belt­ing out pop­u­lar tunes.

There were many per­for­mances from lo­cal schools and groups through­out the week­end.

Crowds en­joyed sing­ing, danc­ing and demon­stra­tions from the Pegs Creek Pri­mary School Choir, Kar­ratha State Emer­gency Ser­vice, WA Po­lice Pipe Band, Life and Soul fit­ness, Dance KiX and many more.

On the ve­randa of the Frank But­ler Pavil­ion celebrity chef Anna Phillips hosted cook­ing classes and Shana Dean held Heart Weav­ing work­shops where peo­ple learnt to weave bas­kets, dream-catch­ers and jew­ellery.

Kar­ratha Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion held a mini roundrobin tour­na­ment near the main stage to show­case the sport to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and raise money for its club.

Pa­trons also en­joyed sideshow al­ley, where they could pick up a show­bag, get their adren­a­line pump­ing on one of the rides or win prizes at car­ni­val games.

There were hun­dreds of mar­ket stalls, from cloth­ing and jew­ellery to camper trail­ers.

A fire­works dis­play and per­for­mance by lo­cal band What Now closed the event for the week­end.

Pi­cure: Louise Alling­ham

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Dare­dev­ils en­joyed amuse­ments in sideshow al­ley.

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