Wild start for Banana Festival
LOCALS are going bananas for the Banana Festival, with a successful weekend proving the Murwillumbah event is alive and well.
Friday night's fashion parade at the Civic Centre kicked off this year's Wild West-themed festivities, with the crowds taking in the latest trends from a small selection of fashion houses.
“The fashion parade event on Friday went very well,” Banana Festival president Chris Chrisostomos said.
“The girls enjoyed the night and the fashion houses were well-represented and happy with the way their garments were displayed.
“We had just under 300 people there.”
Saturday night's “Wanted” Alternative Music Festival, featuring local punk, rock, metal and indie bands, was also well-received, with just over 100 young people attending, Mr Chrisostomos said.
“We had six young bands,” he said. “One of them had never done a live performance in front of an audience - they practised and practised beforehand.
“The youth night was just a one-off we tried in order to give the kids something to do.
“They all had a good night and the kids were well-behaved.”
Yesterday's sunny weather was perfect for the 2009 Murwillumbah Banana Festival Netball Carnival, where reigning Banana Queen Grace Molloy attended and awarded medallions to the winners.
“The weather has been the key,” Mr Chrisostomos said.
“The first year got totally washed out and we had to cancel the parade.
“But the long-term forecast said the weather will be dry and fine for the rest of the week.”
Tonight's Rotary Performing Arts Concert will run from 7pm-10pm in the Civic Centre and tomorrow's festival program features the Tweed Valley Woodcraft display and sale, from 10am to 6pm in Jessie McMillan Hall.
Throughout the week a Banana Golf Tournament and Banana Bowls will be running, with visitors to the area also encouraged to visit the Tweed River Art Gallery, the Escape Gallery and the Murwillumbah Historical Museum.
The street parade, family fun day and festival ball will be held next Saturday, when the new queen will be announced.
For more information, visit www.bananafestival.org