Fun of the river festival

THE BANKS of the Mary River were bursting with family fun at the weekend with the 2009 Mary River Festival.

Mother Nature turned on a sunny show both Saturday and yesterday as the Tiaro and District Lions Club celebrated the annual event for the 15th year.

The calm waters off Petrie Park were turned choppy as men, women and children competed in raft and canoe races including the barrage to bridge race yesterday.

Organiser Tony Pope said races were running a tad behind schedule and as always the festival was hectic.

But he said the weather was beautiful and the water smooth with Petrie Park sheltered from wind.

“We couldn't have picked it better.”

There was a good turn-out of entrants and spectators, Mr Pope said, and there were plenty of families having a ball.

On dry land kids enjoyed getting their faces painted, a colour competition, catching fish in a magnetic pond and tug-o-war.

Gold-coin rides on Harley Davidson motorcycles were also a hit, raising $80 for spina bifida.

More than $3000 in prize money was dished across the two days with all money raised going to Fraser Coast charities.



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