Dates set for town’s favourite fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing this year with an ex­tended pro­gram from Fri­day, July 31, to Sun­day, Au­gust 9, and is ex­pected to be the big­gest one yet.

The now 10-day fes­ti­val will in­tro­duce a cou­ple of new ex­cit­ing events in­clud­ing an Air­lie Beach main street car show and a beach race day.

Fes­ti­val sec­re­tary Margie Mur­phy con­firmed the new fea­tures of the fes­ti­val and said ev­ery­one could still ex­pect the old favourites.

The night will begin in typ­i­cal Reef Fes­ti­val fash­ion with the clo­sure of the main street for a party with a main stage act.

Fash­ion-for­ward so­cial event Frock­tails is due to make a come­back, as are the mid-week events in­clud­ing sideshow al­leys, car- ni­val rides, he­li­copter joy rides and night mar­kets.

The Ro­tary Street Pa­rade, Tel­stra Fam­ily Fun Day, com­edy night and ever-popular fire­works dis­plays will all re­turn in an ac­tion-packed pro­gram.

The fes­ti­val, now in its 15th year, is themed Heart of the Reef, as it cel­e­brates what it means to live in the Whit­sun­days, on the edge of the Coral Sea, in the mid­dle of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val is also look­ing for busi­nesses such as tours and ho­tels to be­come part of the pro­gram by host­ing their own events.

The com­mit­tee is call­ing for spon­sors for the popular fam­ily event. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Margie Mur­phy on sec­re­tary @whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­ or 0418 155 542.

TUR­TLE POWER: 2014 Reef Fes­ti­val spon­sors Deb Smallman and Tony Brown, led last year’s Ro­tary Street Pa­rade with an army of ninja tur­tles.

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