Noah Fischer-Cahill had fun with the Bust a Balloon game at Petrie Park’s 16th annual Raft Race and Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Noah Fischer-Cahill had fun with the Bust a Balloon game at Petrie Park’s 16th annual Raft Race and Festival on Saturday afternoon. NAT BROMHEAD

A raft of activities at festival

PADDLING a raft down the Mary River earnt a few Fraser Coast boys an extra bit of pocket money on Saturday.

The prize money was extra incentive to enter the annual Mary River Festival and raft race at Tiaro's Petrie Park.

Joshua and Jamie Holz, Frank Richmond and Shane Woods scooped two major cash prizes throughout the day: the $600 Open Raft Race and the $200 Junior Raft Race.

Joshua Holz and Frank Richmond also took out the $100 Family Canoe Race and $100 Men's Canoe Race.

There was heaps of action on the water despite the cloudy skies that hovered over the district.

Organiser Tony Pope said crowd numbers were down compared to other years but it was still a great family day.

“The weather may have had something to do with it but it didn't affect the day or those involved,” he said.

“The river was slightly up and all in all it was a great day for this type of event and the racing.

“The entertainment on Saturday night was great and enjoyed by the crowd.”

A few keen campers pitched their tents and enjoyed a hearty breakfast yesterday morning.



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