Stunt bike dis­plays will wow the crowd

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

THINK good old-fash­ioned fun – plus a few stunt bike rid­ing dis­plays for added ex­cite­ment – and get ready for a free fam­ily day out at the Tel­stra Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Fun Day this week­end.

The ac­tion-packed day of amuse­ments and en­ter­tain­ment, held as part of the 17th an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val, is ex­pected to at­tract hun­dreds of peo­ple.

Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­per­son Margie Mur­phy said this was the fes­ti­val’s sixth fam­ily fun day and, be­cause of the hard­ships the com­mu­nity had faced this year re­cov­er­ing from Cy­clone Deb­bie, she was an­tic­i­pat­ing an ex­tra spe­cial vibe of high spir­its and cel­e­bra­tion.

“We’ve had an amaz­ing re­sponse from com­mu­nity spon­sors,” she said.

“It shows that we are mov­ing on. It will be a spe­cial time to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing that is beau­ti­ful about our com­mu­nity and Air­lie Beach.

“We’re hop­ing to see lots of kids and smil­ing faces and in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion on the fore­shore.”

The fun day is held is on the clos­ing day of the Reef Fes­ti­val, which runs from Au­gust 3-6.

Ms Mur­phy said there would be an at­mos­phere of fam­ily fun with an “old-fash­ioned kids party vibe on a big scale”.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude three-legged races and sack races for chil­dren and adults, a dough­nut eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, a trea­sure hunt, slushy slurp­ing and a lolly throw­ing compe-tition.

Bo­rys Za­grocki – a pro­fes­sional Tri­als bi­cy­cle rider, per­former and in­struc­tor – will be mak­ing reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances to wow crowds with his moun­tain bik­ing tricks and tal­ents. Bo­rys, who has been rid­ing for over 15 years, holds two Aus­tralian Na­tional Elite Cham­pi­onships.

There will also be a bouncing cas­tle, tex­ting com­pe­ti­tion, prizes, cir­cus work­shops, face paint­ing, PCYC play equip­ment, arts and crafts and an Eco Barge sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion.

Reef ap­pre­ci­a­tion tents will pro­vide spa­ces for chil­dren to learn about the reef sys­tem in a fun en­vi­ron­ment, and win prizes.

LA En­ter­tain­ment will pro­vide a back­drop of mu­sic dur­ing the day, and food and drinks will be avail­able. There will also be a re­lax­ation zone for par­ents.

When the Tes­tra Fam­ily Fun Day of­fi­cially fin­ishes at 2pm, the Beach Mu­sic stage will turn up the vol­ume for an af­ter­noon ‘Chill in the

Park’ pro­gram fea­tur­ing plenty of live mu­sic un­til 6pm.

PHOTO: NATASHA MUL­HALL

to on­go­ing event New ad­di­tion AC­TION APLENTY: Bo­rys Za­grocki, a pro­fes­sional tri­als bi­cy­cle rider, per­former and in­struc­tor will be mak­ing reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances at the Tel­stra Fam­ily Fun Day.

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