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Lets face it, it wasn’t the best weekend of the year to hold a mostly outdoor festival.

But heavy rainfall and plummeting daytime temperatures did not deter the good folk of Brunswick Heads, nor the bargain hunters, who rugged up and pressed on regardless.

And it wasn’t all garage sales and recycled bric a brac.

Now in its 15th year, the festival also boasted, live music, book fairs, free face painting, food stalls, environmental electric car displays, a book fair, free face painting and more.

The not-for-profit festival also provided fundraising opportunities for community groups holding barbecues, cake stalls or tending to the parking.

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  1. Talk about a wet week, and that ain’t the end of it. Wait.
    Wait until I tell you about the outdoor festival that the rain dropped in on us
    Well gee everything was suss, until then we were not wet behind the ears. Then we were.
    Raindrops were dropping off our noses.
    Things were light and then heavy and then more heavy, and then heavier. And then it began to pour.
    With the festival we thought we would reign, no trouble, but it bloody rained and then there was all the puddles. Slop slosh, slosh slosh.
    Even the temperatures dropped in the middle of the day, but there were some bargain hunters shooting around and about and they had overcoats on and raincoats and umbrellas and hats but they could have come with some coats of paint. We could do with that. The festival went ahead regardless, more or less.
    Maybe it was a tropical cell but we went ahead and gained some confidence and started to sell some things like bric a brac, but no bikes for the recycled stuff and it was all like a garage sale and the folding stuff changed hands and you could tell by the smiles on their faces they were going well and having a good time.
    The figure 14 came to hand as it was our 14th year with horse and carriage rides for the singles and the married, live music, book fairs, free face painting, a ‘Have a Go’ marbles competition, food stalls, environmental electric car displays, a book fair, free face painting.
    This not-for-profit festival gave opportunities in fundraising opportunities for community groups operating barbecue stalls, and cake stalls . . . and we went home with a bit of biscuit.


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