By Michelle Gilmore
Once again thousands of visitors and locals flocked to the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival held Saturday 28th September. Camel rides beside the Tin Can Bay Inlet and delicious local seafood consumed along the beautiful foreshore parklands typify the annual event.
Seafood lovers are in awe of the choices available – from fresh oysters and prawns, scallops and bugs and a personal favourite – the calamari. The queues were long – but it was worth it! Cooking Demonstrations certainly put the local seafood industry on display.
Rainbow Beach’s Sienna Arthur was thrilled to win the Colouring Competition and the coveted prize of a Helicopter Joy Flight for herself and her Mum, Gillian. Elder sister Keira came along for the ride and they were very impressed!
Primary schoolers, Sarah Speirs and Imogen Bruce-Moore loved their opportunity to dance and perform in front of such a big audience with the other Calisthenics members. They also made the most of the rides and were keen to taste some seafood.
Belly Dancing, Clown Shows and a Rock’n’Roll band entertained the masses on the central stage and the choice of market stalls made sure everyone had an opportunity to browse.
Heatley Gilmore was roped in to judge a C & K Kindy Sandcastle competition – hard work! The younger ones enjoyed the Hot Rods, Fish Toss, watching the Prawn Eating contest, “The Noise” skateboard, scooter & BMX demonstrations and made the most of the rides.
Thankfully the threatening skies waited until most of the day was over, and there were plenty of shady trees to help with the summery weather.
Organised by the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce, this free event is a cracker of a day, if you missed out make sure you plan on visiting next year. If you were there – you may just spot yourself in our other photos posted on the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News Facebook page.