River festival to make Tumbulgum come alive
PICTURE sitting on the serene banks of the Tweed River at Tumbulgum on a lazy Autumn Sunday afternoon, under the backdrop of the glorious Mount Warning as music wafts through the air.
This will be the setting of the inaugural Tumbulgum River Festival on April 11 next year.
A Christmas in July fundraising night for the festival was held on Thursday night and organisers declared it a huge success.
The community was coming together to make the event happen, festival spokeswoman Lynne Willbrandt said.
“Everyone had a great time. It was a wonderful event for the community. Everyone came together and everyone got behind it,” Mrs Willbrandt said.
The night was the first of a number of fundraisers planned, including a long lunch at the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music and a riverboat cruise in Spring.
The festival would support the Tumbulgum community, plus a chosen charity, Mrs Willbrandt said.
“We are working to put Tumbulgum on the map as the gateway to the Tweed River and Tweed Valley,” she said.
Other Tweed villages have been urged to get behind the event.
“We are reaching out to surrounding small towns on the Tweed to combine with us to make Tumbulgum a lovely place to come (for the annual festival).”
There had been a lot of support from sponsors, with 40 prizes donated for the fundraiser, she said.
The festival will feature markets, food stalls, activities for children plus waterskiing, rowing and dragon boat exhibitions.