Strong crowds for Brunswick Heads Kites and Bikes Festival
AS MANY as 8000 people rolled up to the Kites and Bikes Festival in Brunswick Heads yesterday for the town's flagship event.
Event co-ordinator, Laine Laughlin said the day had been one of the most successful to date from the "spine-tingling" welcome-to-country ceremony by Arakwal man Nigel Stewart to the signature community kite-flying event on the beachfront.
"This festival is six months in the making and with several hundred volunteers, everyone is very involved," said Ms Laughlin.
"It's a celebration of everything that is great about this area."
The generosity of local businesses and volunteers is what allows the festival to go ahead, she said.
"Everyone gives so much."
Ms Laughlin said the festival was timed to coincide with a traditionally quiet time of the year for local businesses and with near-perfect weather yesterday and no admission fee to the festival, the streets came alive.
"It has been pretty full; every event has been busy.
"For the Northern Rivers, it's so nice to have a sense of owning the town," she said.
This year, the theme of the decorated bridge flags was Winds and Wheels of Change which was won by Mullumbimby Primary School and 50 students will now be treated with an excursion to Tropical Fruit World with travel sponsored by the Brunswick Valley Coaches.