Migaloo Starlight Swing event caps of whale festival

THE Migaloo Starlight Swing event capped of the month-long Hervey Bay Whale Festival on Saturday night.

The council estimated more than 1000 people packed the Pier Park promenade for the concert with the Hervey Bay Big Band providing the sound track for a night old time swing dancing alongside a number of other local artists including former Young Talent Time star Rob McCullough.

Councillor for events Darren Everard said the Migaloo Starlight Swing had become a favourite of the month-long whale festival.

"It was great to see so many people getting into the swing of things and enjoying an old-fashioned dance," he said.

"The feedback has been fantastic - from the food and wine stalls, vintage clothing and designer stall, the Fraser Coast Historic Car Club and of course the hundreds of people who dusted off their tuxedos and cocktail dresses and really got into the spirit of things."

All money raised from the gold coin donations collected on the night will be donated to the local chapter of the Sea Shepherd conservation group.

The Hervey Bay Whale Festival is a month-long celebration that recognises Hervey Bay as the whale watching capital of Australia.

"The key message to respect and protect the environment and marine animals found in our local waters has been highlighted throughout the entire month of August," Cr Everard said.

"It showcases the local whale watching fleet and the industry's importance to the entire Fraser Coast region while aiming to educate and to celebrate the return of the Humpback Whales to our water.

"It incorporates the core elements that the community love including The Blessing of the Fleet to launch the whale watch season, Ocean of Fun, Illuminated Street Parade and the Whale Aid Concert." 

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