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RECORD num­bers for the Ro­tary Street Pa­rade, a mas­sive street party in Air­lie Beach and mu­sic’s man-ofthe-mo­ment Ti­mo­matic are just some of the ex­cit­ing ele­ments of the 2013 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val which starts tonight.

The fes­ti­val kicks off tonight with a com­edy gala at the Coral Sea Re­sort.

To­mor­row’s en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes the Frock­tails fash­ion event at Deja Vu restau­rant, the Porters fire­works dis­play on the Air­lie Beach fore­shore and a main street party fea­tur­ing Whit­sun­day DJ’s the Miller Broth­ers and a high en­ergy show by Ti­mo­matic.

Satur­day starts with the Bendigo Bank sand sculpt­ing com­pe­ti­tion, fol­lowed by the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race, Ro­tary wear­able art awards, Ro­tary street pa­rade and a huge street party with live mu­sic to cel­e­brate the re­birth of the Air­lie main street.

Sun­day’s events in­clude the Tel­stra Fam­ily Fun Day, Sch­weppes re­cy­clable re­gatta at the la­goon and Find­ing Nemo at the starlight cin­ema at Port of Air­lie.

Reef Fes­ti­val chair­per­son Margie Mur­phy said there were more en­tries for this year’s street pa­rade than ever be­fore with the 2013 “heart of the reef” theme prov­ing pop­u­lar.

Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­ber and main street co­or­di­na­tor Stacy Harvey said the com­mit­tee had worked closely with Coun­cil and Pro- build, to en­sure this year’s fes­ti­val would be “some­thing dif­fer­ent”.

“Al­though the [main] street is not fin­ished and there will be ar­eas that are fenced for safety rea­sons, a lot of the fenc­ing will be gone [and] it will be a great way for peo­ple to en­joy the new-look street,” she said.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney will cut a rib­bon shortly be­fore the street pa­rade at 4pm on Satur­day as a ‘soft open­ing’ for the Air­lie main street, which will be open to two-way traf­fic once the fes­ti­val fin­ishes.

The main street will be closed to traf­fic from 3pm on Fri­day un­til 6am on Sun­day. The bus stops out­side Hogs Breath and Cac­tus Jacks will not be op­er­at­ing from mid­day on Fri­day. Through­out the week­end buses will stop at Water­son Way and out­side Man­grove Jacks in­stead.

Ms Mur­phy said the whole town was “abuzz” with an­tic­i­pa­tion for the week­end and she thanked ev­ery­one in­volved in the event. See pages 10, 11 and Chill in to­day’s pa­per for more in­for­ma­tion.

FES­TI­VAL FUN: Crs Jan Clif­ford and Kevin Collins with Mark Ri­ley, Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­bers Margie Mur­phy and Stacy Harvey and Lani Mur­phy, Pres­ley Cranson and Mia Mur­phy (back) and Jahla Thomp­son, Indi Man­ley, Lily and Ted Tay­lor, Coby and Cooper Barker, Madi­son Cranson, Bella Man­ley, Liam Steen and Lu­cas Allen-Fancke (front), are all ex­cited about the 2013 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val which starts to­day.

HIGH EN­ERGY: Aus­tralia's Got Tal­ent star and judge Ti­mo­matic, will be per­form­ing a high en­ergy show at the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val on Fri­day night in the main street of Air­lie Beach.

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