Fireworks to bless whale-watching fleet on Saturday
THE Hervey Bay Whale Festival will start on Saturday with the Blessing of the Fleet at the Urangan marina from 5pm.
The annual event celebrates the start of the whale-watching season and Spirit of Hervey Bay representative Janine Macbeth said the business was looking forward to celebrating with the families of the Fraser Coast.
Although the Blessing of the Fleet marks the start of the season, the boats have been going out for several weeks, with plenty of humpbacks already out in the bay.
Ms Macbeth said it was wonderful to celebrate the start of a new whale season.
"It hasn't failed us yet," she said.
She said the event was a great way of reminding local people about the opportunity to go out and see the whales, which were right on their doorstep.
The opening of the 2013 whale season will be handled by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell, who will mark the occasion with the firing of a cannon.
Cr O'Connell said the event was one of the great ceremonies of the Fraser Coast.
The blessing will be carried out as the fleet sails past.
Crowds will have an opportunity to meet the fleet after the boats dock.
There will be entertainment, fireworks, food and wine tastings and much more. Entry is free.
The event will be the first of several that will be held during August, with the illumination parade and Whale Aid Concert to follow.
- Ocean of Fun: Bill Fraser and Organ Parks in Torquay on August 10 from noon; fun workshops for the kids.
- The illumination parade: August 17, 4-8pm; a range of floats makes their way along Hervey Bay Esplanade.
- The Whale Aid Concert at Seafront Oval on August 24 from 4-8pm will feature local and invited performers.
- Harvey's Birthday at the Teddy Bears Picnic, August 25 from 9am at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.
- Migaloo Starlight Swing, Pier Park, August 31, 6-9pm; Dance to old-time swing under the stars plus do some wine tasting.