Let Festival begin

THE 50th Anniversary of the Tweed Banana Festival kicked into life on Friday with the annual charity ball featuring 1956 Queen, Jill McGregor.

Organised by the Mt Warning Rotary Club, guests included queens from days gone by and queens of the future.

Saturday saw a tremendously exciting boat race from Tumbulgum Hotel to Murwillumbah Bridge.

The Cudgen Marlins were victorious with a race record of 49.46 minutes.

Sweep Mark Buckman said the pace was amazing, and the boys had a last-minute surge to power through the water to pip rivals the Tallebudgera Crows.

With 100m to go Tallebudgera were a third of a boat length in front, but the Cudgen team worked furiously to take the win.

Children are preparing entries in the best-decorated bike competition to be judged next Saturday at Knox park at 11.15am. Prizes will be awarded for best girls and boys entries.

Today's program will see the commencement of judging of the Murwillumbah and District Garden competition which continues tomorrow.

Tweed Valley Woodcraft display and sales commences at Jessie McMillan hall, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah.

The 15th annual Rotary Club of Murwillumbah art exhibition is also at the Jessie McMillan Hall Wollumbin Street.

The exhibition will be officially opened by John Opit tomorrow preceded by drinks and nibbles from 7pm.

It will be open until August 27 from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 9.30am to 2pm Saturday.

For information call Geoff Smith 66722450 (h) or 66721841 (w) or Glenn Chauvier 66722181. Tickets are still available for next Saturday evening's 50th anniversary reunion cabaret at Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

Dance to the music of big bands, sing along to the showtime and be entertained by snippets and memorabilia of the era.

There will be a special autographed commemorative place mat for all who attend.

Supper will be included in the $25 admission with proceeds to go to the SES.

Tickets are available from Banana Festival office, Buzz Bar or Choppers.

Highlights of this week's program are the CPM National Biennial Print Award at Tweed River Art Gallery; combined Primary School concerts at Murwillumbah High School multi purpose unit from 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday; fashion parade on Wednesday evening at Civic Centre; Festival of Performing Arts Rotary Awards evening at the Civic Centre on Thursday; sporting events; street carnival on Friday night and cavalcade and showground carnival on Saturday.

Queries to Festival headquarters 02 66726186.

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