BOWLING OVER: Zac McMahon of Evans Head skating last year.
BOWLING OVER: Zac McMahon of Evans Head skating last year. Samantha Elley

Cranking it up a notch or two for Northern Rivers youth fest

THE cogs are well and truly in motion for the region's largest youth festival Crankfest, which will take place at Evans Head tomorrow.

The signature event, now in its 11th year, is a collaboration between the region's youth, the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre, volunteers and various youth-focused organisations.

Set on Evans Head's Main Beach, the Crankfest program includes lives music stages, surf competitions and skate jam, all aimed at showcasing the talent of the region's youth.

Activities for this year include a food eating comp, kids zone, surf lessons, laser skirmish, Henna tattoos and a photo booth.

In addition, there will be a wide range of food and craft stalls.

Youth worker Michele Yates said the event provided a unique platform for youth to not only showcase their individual talents but also highlight the benefits that come with being a teenager.

"The beauty of this event is it's needed in the whole region because there's nothing quite like it," she said.

"One of the things that's important about this year is we've matched up with the young singer/songwriter competition in Lismore.

"As part of their winning performance, they get to have a spot on our stage as well."

Buses to Crankfest will depart Kyogle, Casino, Coraki and Lennox Head at 9am and Lismore, Wardell and Nimbin at 9.30am.

A bus will also leave from Ballina at 9.15am.

They will all arrive at Crankfest about 10am and depart about 3pm.

For more information go to www.crankfest.com.au



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