Rain will not slow Speed on Tweed
By PETER CATON
SPEED on Tweed organisers are confident rain which is forecast%until at least tomorrow will clear for the main days of the historic car-racing festival in Murwillumbah on the weekend.
But it could rain on the parade of cars through the town's main streets at 12.30pm tomorrow as it did last year.
"We will definitely get sunny skies on Sunday by the look of it," said optimistic festival director Roger Ealand yesterday. "And we have a fairly good chance of it clearing up for Saturday.
Mr Ealand was looking on the bright side of forecasts which predict rain today and tomorrow, saying showers so far had freshened up the town and the showgrounds where pits will be established and displays set up.
"It does make the whole place look nice and green. The showground is looking brilliant. It looks a treat," he said.
"People coming up from Victoria want to get away from all that brown dry country.
"But it's not so heavy as to make the place a quagmire. "The forecast I've seen says it will clear on Friday afternoon.
"We can control everything except the weather, so I can't be worrying about it."
Mr Ealand said rain had fallen during the festival last year, "but it didn't seem to affect anything".
He said racing events would not be affected by rain, and he did not believe crowds would be deterred.
However, Tweed farmers hoping to attend a horticultural exhibition at Wollongbar west of Ballina have been told it will be postponed a week due to the rain.
The 2007 George and Fuhrmann Farmarama featuring farm and horticultural equipment, seminars attended by industry experts, a nursery display, garden fair and entertainment for children including a reptile show, will now be held from Friday next week.
The two day event is to be a major fundraiser for Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and is expected to attract up to 5000 people. A spokesperson said all the exhibitors had agreed to the new dates, and any new site enquiries could still be directed to 0434 583 864. West of Murwillumbah the rain has pushed the level of the Clarrie Hall Dam to above 97 per cent just 25cm from the spillway.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a cloudy outlook with rain periods today and fresh to strong south to southeast winds. Tomorrow, it says the Northern Rivers can expect rain periods. The forecast for Saturday is scattered showers with south to south-east winds. SPEEDFEST SCHEDULE
Day 1: Friday, September 7 12.30pm 1pm Cars on Parade A selection of cars will be escorted through Main Street, Murwillumbah. 6pm 9pm Street Carnival A fun-filled night of food, entertainment, cars, street theatre, comedy and much more again on Main Street.
Day 2: Saturday, September 8 8.30am 5pm Off and Racing! Car racing, numerous exhibitions, tasty food, car displays, kids' activities, autograph signing and more at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds. 12.30pm 1pm Parade Lap Watch the cars lap the circuit. at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds. 6.30pm 10pm Venetian Carnival Mystique Indulge in the delights of a spectacular display of musical performers while enjoying sumptuous dishes prepared by local restaurants in Main Street.
Day 3 Sunday, September 9 9am 4pm Racing continues Competition continues with another action packed day for the whole family at the Showgrounds. 12:30pm 1pm Parade Lap Watch the cars lap the circuit at the Showgrounds 4pm Race closes Join in the presentation of trophies and prize draws