Fes­ti­val en­ter­tain­ment wows crowds

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Shannon Beattie

The 2018 Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark Fes­ti­val took place over the week­end among a sea of happy faces.

Crafts, clothes, food and en­ter­tain­ment galore kept the peo­ple busy, with fes­ti­val-go­ers and en­ter­tain­ers them­selves en­thralled by all the ac­tion.

Mandy Collinson, owner of the Fish­er­man’s Daugh­ter, was stoked by how many peo­ple had come to the event.

“There’s peo­ple just wan­der­ing about brows­ing stalls and hav­ing a good time — it’s great for them and great for the store own­ers that get a boost,” she said.

By day there were ac­ro­bat­ics and face paint­ing to keep the young ones en­ter­tained, Anna Gare cook­ing up a storm in the main tent and a cus­tom car dis­play that wowed lit­tle and big chil­dren alike.

At night, the mu­si­cians took over, with Ben Cat­ley and The Tom­my­hawks rock­ing it on both nights, while Blue Shaddy head­lined Satur­day and Ash Grund­wald wrapped things up on Sun­day.

Ev­ery­one spo­ken to said they were hav­ing a fan­tas­tic time and were re­ally im­pressed with how the fes­ti­val had been or­gan­ised.

It was Cat­ley’s se­cond time in Ex­mouth, and the singer orig­i­nally from Eng­land could not wait to come back again.

“It’s such a fan­tas­tic place, the peo­ple are lovely, the beaches are beau­ti­ful and ev­ery­one re­ally gets be­hind the fes­ti­val,” he said.

The Tom­my­hawks rock out. Pic­tures: Shannon Beattie

Lu­cas Pum­mer and Louie Coulthard, 6.

Tommy Min­niear, 2, ad­mires an army truck.

Lau­rens and Julie Kon­ings from French An­tiq­uity.

Chef Anna Gare and Tom­my­hawks sax­o­phon­ist Thea Wood­ward.

Mandy Collinson from The Fish­er­man’s Daugh­ter and Emily El­iz­a­beth Ward from The Girl and the Ocean.

Ainslie Avery and Char­lie El­ph­ick.

LeahZam­botti from The LZB Com­pany and Jess Og­den-Barry from Salt & Sand Event Hire.

Liana Ju­van, Amanda Appleton, James Ab­ber­ley and Ryan Appleton.

The mod­els of Nin­ga­loo Swimwear.

Cus­tom cars and bikes were on dis­play.

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