HIGH FLYER: Rourke Jenkins of the Gold Coast performs some amazing wake board stunts at the Woodburn Riverside Festival. Water-skiing demonstrations will feature again this year.
HIGH FLYER: Rourke Jenkins of the Gold Coast performs some amazing wake board stunts at the Woodburn Riverside Festival. Water-skiing demonstrations will feature again this year. Samantha Elley

Lismore, Richmond Valley councils to battle at Woodburn

AN ENTHUSIASTIC battle will take place on the Richmond River at the Woodburn Riverside Festival 2014 on Saturday, October 11, when teams from Lismore City Council and Richmond Valley Council compete in the annual Council Challenge race.

As the town of Woodburn lies partly in Richmond Valley Council area, and partly in Lismore City Council area, the "ownership" of the river separating the two is a hotly contested point.

On the past three occasions Richmond Valley Council were the victors.

Can Lismore City Council wrest the title from them this year? The two teams are reportedly in strict training for this gruelling event, encouraged by their respective mayors, who will no doubt be using every means to ensure their team's success.

Riverside Festival co-ordinator Pam Bellingham said that the exact format of the race was not available for publication, but that it was definitely water-based, and should provide a great deal of amusement for spectators.

The Council Challenge Race is part of a full day of family orientated activities and entertainment from 9am to 9pm, with markets, children's activities, professional water-skiing demonstrations, a biathlon, raft race, a band, fireworks in the evening and more.

Further information: Woodburn Visitor Information Centre, phone 6682 2032.

FESTIVAL 2014 SCHEDULE

 9am Markets and children's activities open

 10am Official ceremony. Pre-school performance.

 10.15am Council Challenge Race

 11.00- 1.30am Dragon boats

 Noon Schools performances

 2pm Biathlon

 2.30pm Raft race

 3pm Hip-hop, cheer-leading and karate performances

 4.15pm Children's races and adult tug-of-war

 5.30pm Band starts

 8pm Fireworks

 9pm Finish

 All day: Water-skiing demonstrations, face painting, children's rides, jumping castle, fairy floss, fire engines, Mr Bumsqueak the Clown in the afternoon, raffle, CWA morning tea, historical display, school art exhibition, music from Richmond Valley Radio 88.9 FM... and much more.



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