Pumped for action
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
MURWILLUMBAH can't wait for the flag to fall.
The town is buzzing and when the chequered flag drops today on the annual Speed on Tweed festival, it will mark the official start of one of the most successful events ever launched in the shire.
Event spokesperson Cath Donaldson said yesterday atmosphere in the town was electric with tourists flooding the streets and merchandise practically walking out the door.
"Everything is in place, the weather is fine and the showgrounds are looking fantastic,'' she said.
"I think just about every shop in town has the bunting and the black and white colours inside and out. As for clothes and merchandise, people can't get enough of it.''
The length of Murwillumbah's main street is completely decked out checker flag bunting while almost every business is doing something to support the four-year old festival.
"From little tiny shops to big places, the whole town is right into it," Ms Donaldson said.
"The buzz in the town is the big thing. Everyone is waiting for the cars to roll up at the lunchtime parade today," she said.
Emblazoned on the pavement outside Steve Abrams' Buzz Bar music store is ''I Feel The Need For Speed On Tweed''.
"It's just another way of bringing attention to the festival and to promote the event that so many people have worked hard to put on," Mr Abrams said.
"This festival is sensational, we'll obviously run out of parking but what the heck, it's wonderful for the area and it brings people in who have never seen our beautiful town," he said.
The Austral Cafe has also spared no expense with a go-cart featured prominently in the window and the staff decked out in black and white checks.
"It's a really great atmosphere and the festival gets bigger and bigger each year," said owner Maureen Treadwell.
At Leading Edge Electronics store customers have to navigate their way past a stylish 1960 Lotus 18 which blocks the doorway but most are more than happy to do so, according to owner Margarita Rickard.
"This is the third year we've decorated the shop but the first year we've put the car in," she said.
Having seen the festival continue to grow over the past four years, Ms Donaldson said Murwillumbah was on a high.
"It's been building all week. We're on one big roll and the whole town is behind us," she said.