HEAT OVER: Rhiley Butler, 12, of Evans Head, after finishing competing at Crankfest 2015.
HEAT OVER: Rhiley Butler, 12, of Evans Head, after finishing competing at Crankfest 2015. Marc Stapelberg

Crankfest a display of extreme youth talent

Crowds ranging from babies and toddlers to grandparents enjoyed the beautiful weather at Evans Head and supported the youth, who were pushing it to their limits.

Bonnie Wilson, Bethany Gordon, Maddy Gordon and Josh O'Malley came from as far as Mallanganee for Crankfest.

"I am here to socialise, catch up with everybody, meet some new people and try some new things," Bethany, 17, of Lismore, said.

"Crankfest was awesome; it's got music, dancers, skating, surfing and laser tag."

"Evans Head is a great place to hold Crankfest," Bonnie, 14, of Broadwater said.

"It brings all of the communities together."

"I like walking around, finding my friends and hanging in a big group," Maddy, 11, of Lismore, said.

Event co-ordinator Wade McKinnon said the tenth Crankfest was again a fantastic event for youth of the Northern Rivers.

"We have had a good crowd and there are a lot of talented people in all of the spaces," he said.

"The crowd were moving about a lot and checking out all of the activities."

"The skate competition went really well with the new bowl and a lot of good skaters," Mr McKinnon said.

"The music on the Solid Mob stage had some really good talent, with Nick and Sam from Yamba, and Gabriel and Cecilla Brandolini.

"Plus it's been great to have students from the North Coast Institute of TAFE here documenting it all as part of their film diploma."

Former Bluejuice frontman Jake Stone was part of a Q and A with Gabriel and Cecilla Brandolini and Nick and Sam for the punters.

North Coast Medicare Local maternal infant and child heath program officer, Claire Malseed, was on hand teaching people about the sugar content in various drinks, while renowned indigenous musician Chris Tanaway shared his cooking skills.

"We want people to practice a recipe that they haven't used before," she said.



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