Show must go on

THE Kyogle Fringe Festival will still go ahead next month, no matter what happens with the World Championship Repco Rally.

And festival organiser Suzie Coulston is determined it will be a success.

This is despite anti-rally protesters saying they may ask the Federal Court to issue an injunction to block the event.

The Kyogle Fringe Festival has been organised to coincide with the rally, which is due to be held in the Tweed and Kyogle shires from September 3-6.

“I don't know what's happening with that (the injunction), but I do know the Kyogle Fringe Festival is definitely going ahead,” Ms Coulston said.

“There are mixed feelings about the rally. There's a level of opposition, but a lot of people do want it.

“We, as a community, have to be prepared to have a go.

“I want to make sure that anyone who is planning to come here for the rally or the festival knows that the Kyogle Fringe Festival welcomes visitors to our area and to the Northern Rivers region. We want to educate people about our local culture.

“It has been a massive task to put this festival together, but we want to make the most of opportunities that arise.

“People might decide to come back to this region again when the rally is not on. We could never afford to pay for the kind of promotion that we are getting from this.”

Although Ms Coulston admitted that ticket sales for camping at the festival were 'fairly slow', she hopes it will pick up.

“We're as organised as we can be at the moment - what we need now is people buying tickets,” she said.

“We have had some interest, but it is fairly slow. People who come to the event might choose stay on the coast this year, but maybe next time they will stay in Kyogle.”

Ms Coulston decided to get involved with organising the Fringe Festival because 'nobody else was taking the bull by the chain'.

“Somebody had to step up,” she said. “Anything that promotes the Kyogle area and creates positive economic outcomes is a good thing.

“So whether the rally goes ahead or not, the Kyogle Fringe Festival will still go ahead. We will deliver and the people of Kyogle will kick up their heels.

“Another positive is that we are seeing some great partnerships emerging between local groups and businesses.”

On the fringe The Kyogle Fringe Festival now has an office in Memorial Hall in the main street. It is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For details or to buy tickets, visitwww.kyoglefringefestival.com .


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