Paul Scharka, member of the FAIR GO committee, is surrounded by skaters, from left, Daniel Connors, 14, Adam Meade, 15, and Jake Mansfield, 13.
Paul Scharka, member of the FAIR GO committee, is surrounded by skaters, from left, Daniel Connors, 14, Adam Meade, 15, and Jake Mansfield, 13. Cathy Adams

Organisational genius wanted for skate fest

BALLINA'S Paul Scharka is calling on 'organisational geniuses' to help make this year's Fair Go skate festival the best yet.

The event's new steering committee has just announced a date for the annual competition – October 11 – and skaters young and old are starting to get in a bit of extra practice for the big day.

Fair Go, previously run by the Ballina District Community Services Association, earlier this year was handed back to the community and Mr Scharka, owner of Truck Stop SK8 in Ballina and sponsor of the youth event, said it was now up to the community to make it happen.

“We'd like to see a broader spectrum youth festival which has its main focus on the skating day,” Mr Scharka said.

He wants to see the Missingham Bridge auditorium used and local bands incorporated, as well as top Australian acts, and for the whole thing to become 'a big vibey youth festival'.

“However, what we need now are some business-minded people to come on board and help us do that,” he said.

Mr Scharka said it was important for the community to work together on the festival, as it was the only annual youth event in Ballina.

Skaters from eight to 28 would take part and there would be competitions, prizes, demonstrations and entertainment.

Mr Scharka said Fair Go needed 'organisational geniuses', sponsors and volunteers to help out. He can be contacted on 6686 6720.

Meanwhile, plans for Ballina's other big annual event, Rivafest, are under way.

A location and date have yet to be confirmed.

There is a possibility Rivafest may be held at Missingham Park instead of the usual Fawcett/Lance Ferris parks location.



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