WOODBURN CELEBRATIONS: The Woodburn Riverside Festival 2012 will match the recent 30th birthday celebrations for the bridge.
WOODBURN CELEBRATIONS: The Woodburn Riverside Festival 2012 will match the recent 30th birthday celebrations for the bridge. Samantha Elley

Woodburn set to celebrate

WOODBURN Park is about to explode with activity and celebration due to the inaugural Woodburn Riverside Festival 2012 in October.

As a way of building up the profile of the small village, the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce has come together to arrange a day for residents and visitors to enjoy.

"We enjoyed organising the bridge celebrations so we thought we'd do it again," COC secretary Pam Bellingham said.

"We want people to know there is plenty here, especially after the bypass goes through."

Visitor Information Centre manager Glenn Crawford said positive feedback from previous events was encouragement enough to start organising another event.

"People kept asking when we are going to do another one," he laughed.

The aim of the festival is to take advantage of Woodburn's greatest natural asset - the Richmond River, according to Ms Bellingham.

"We are encouraging individuals, businesses and community groups to get out there and build a raft for our popular raft race," she said.

"We'll also be having our biathlon again, so people interested in entering that can start training."

The biathlon has proved to be a popular event, with contestants swimming the width of the river, followed by a run over Woodburn Bridge.

The Iluka Rowing Club will hold races and demonstrations where audience participation will be expected.

There will be children's races, Mr Bum Squeak the clown, markets, live music and plenty of food and fun.

"It will be on the last Saturday of the school holidays, which is October 6," Ms Bellingham said. "It will start at 10am and go to 9pm, with the band The Sultans playing into the evening."

Ms Bellingham said sponsors wishing to support an event were more than welcome. She thanked the support of Richmond Valley Council, The Northern Star and Radio 88.9FM.



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