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Matthew Michaelis is known to have a soft shell when it comes to community events with quirky themes. Here he’s plugging the upcoming Prawn (again) Festival.

I’m starting to like the regular events held in the northern rivers. I think the fresh, healthy country air requires that you look for energetic pastimes (or perhaps with a young family any excuse will do).

You could say that the now-annual Ballina Prawn Festival is providing a ‘cocktail’ of fun (I’m forewarning readers before I go on that I’m not one to resist tempting opportunities for the sneaky pun – just in case it’s not obvious) and entertainment for the family this coming Saturday 15 November.

Prawns_Fishermens_coopAll you have to ‘shell out’ is a gold coin for entry, which, I might add, will bring the average parent and their ‘shrimps’ an outing with loads of live events, food, music and electrifying competition.

If you’re shy, the organisers, or dare I say the ‘prawn’ brokers in this case, have a great line up guaranteed to bring you out of your ‘shell’, all set on the banks of the Richmond River in Missingham Park, Ballina.

They have some quirky food vendors in both the Artisan Market & Eat Street with the likes of The Three Blue Ducks chefs, Darren Robertson & Mark Labory. Plus the charismatic ‘Gourmet Goons’, Ilias the Greek, and the list goes on.  A DIY raft-building competition is one of the highlights;  competitors have two hours to build a raft (building materials provided). Last year, someone mounted a toilet on their raft (they were a little flushed and pooped-out after the race).

prawn-Raft_Building_Comp_Prawn_2013Rafting participants must complete an entry form to take part in this event; it is available on the website along with the huge list of scheduled activities. The grand street opening starts at 9am and the event has an impressive fireworks display when the sun sets.

‘The festival organisers are drawing on the community’s love of a good festival to take the 2014 Ballina Prawn Festival to a whole new level,’ festival director, Nadia Eliott Burgess explained… ‘Many decades ago, Ballina had major festivals such as the Ballina Mardi Gras and the Kingsford Smith Festival. We loved that people really got out there and had such a great time at these events. So the 2014 Prawn Festival has been created to be quirky and a whole lot of fun for all who attend.’

So get your ‘net’ out and go fish for the website; it will reveal their unfiltered internet prawn information for the ‘prawn’ again day out:  www.ballinaprawnfestival.com.au or for extra ‘schooling’ try the facebook page – www.facebook.com/BallinaPrawnFestival.


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