Vital Beauty, of Lennox Head, won the dragon boat race ahead of Ballina Shire Council and Lickin Zooies, of Ballina.
Vital Beauty, of Lennox Head, won the dragon boat race ahead of Ballina Shire Council and Lickin Zooies, of Ballina.

Rivafest can take the heat

NOT even yesterday’s hot weather could stop people from enjoying Rivafest.

The event, held at Fawcett Park in Ballina, drew a large crowd again this year, but the soaring temperatures probably meant some people didn’t stay as long as they would have liked.

Others embraced the heat, particularly the dragon boat paddlers who cooled down by splashing around.

Organiser Liz Shepherd said Rivafest had gone really well.

“It’s hard to tell at this point whether we had more people than last year,” she said.

“But there was a steady flow of people all day, which is really good considering how hot it was.”

Ms Shepherd said highlights included the dance and creative workshops.

The cooking demonstration with MasterChef Justine Schofield was also popular, as well asdragon boat racing.

Ms Shepherd said.everybody who took part in the dragon boat racing loved it.

“Vital Beauty at Lennox Head were the winners; second place was Ballina Shire Council and third was Lickinzoolies,.” she said.

Tony Ellis, from the Rotary Club of Ballina, said Rivafest was an ‘excellent day out’.

“We had 1000 small ducks in the Great Duck Race,” he said.

“Best dressed was won, for the second year running, by Bev George Accountants in Ballina.”

The duck race raised more than $5000.



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The RFS truck will probably be written off.

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An RFS crew sheltered in their truck as the grass fire overcame them

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