Paper planes make high flying debut at Love Lennox
CROWDS have been provided with an extra reason to love Lennox with the introduction of a new Paper Plane on the Green competition at Club Lennox.
The free activity took off during the Love Lennox Festival on Saturday with more than 77 registrations landing in the first hour of competition.
Top gun paper plane pilots were judged on the distance their plane could fly and on how long it could remain airborne.
For Lennox Head nine-year-old Amalia Cook, the trick to making a high-flying paper plane is all in the aerodynamics.
"You have to have it equal on both sides, and (it helps) to have a heavy nose," she explained.
One of the competition's youngest participants, four-year-old Lily Breese, designed two very different planes; a shorter "jet" and longer "fast-liner" to increase her chances of winning.
Lily's mum Bree Dean said the hit Australian movie Paper Planes probably inspired a lot of people to come along.
"As soon as I mentioned it (the movie), Lily nagged me to come along," she said. "It's a little bit of a shame about the weather but all in all it's a good crowd."
Competitors were given four sheets of paper to perfect their aircraft design.
From those four, two paper planes could be selected with a maximum of two throws per person.
The high-flyers were also split into 15-and-under and 16-and-over age divisions.
Event organiser and Club Lennox board member Kevin Watts said the idea to host a paper plane competition flew out of discussions on how to get the club more involved with the Love Lennox Festival.
"We were looking at how we could get Club Lennox involved in Love Lennox, get the community here on the day and show a bit of community spirit," he said.
The competition was to be held on the green but wet weather forced it inside.
Now in its third year, the Love Lennox Festival was designed as a way to boost the coastal town's businesses during the onset of winter, which had traditionally triggered a slowdown in sales.
Other Love Lennox activities included the Flavours of Lennox food tasting, the Surfboard Swap Meet, Zumba demonstration, Spaghetti Circus acts and workshops, live music, a street parade and the inaugural Jazz by the Sea festival.