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Carnival comes to town

February 26, 2015

THE arrival of some of the state's best surf lifesavers in Port Fairy this weekend will give the town a late summer tourism boost.

The Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club is hosting a two-day carnival on Saturday and Sunday at East Beach.

It is expected 500 competitors will descend on Port Fairy with at least the same number of support crew and supports coming along. Add to that the large number of spectators expected to come from around the district and the town is facing a boom weekend.

The Moyne Shire Council has recognised the value of the carnival with support of $1200 through its festival and events funding program.

It is the first time the town has hosted a carnival of this size since the 1960s.

Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club captain Paul Buchanan said a concern over a lack of sand on the beach was the reason Port Fairy had been by-passed for so long.

Buchanan is confident East Beach will play the perfect host this weekend.

"In the past we have not been able to guarantee there would be enough beach to hold a carnival, a problem a lot of clubs have had," Buchanan said. "But over the last couple of years the sand has been coming back and there is more sand now than there has been for many years.

"We are very confident of having plenty of beach for competitors to put on a great show for the spectators who come along."

The carnival will be the sixth instalment in the Life Saving Victoria 2014/15 summer series which began in Bancoora in December and has moved on to events in Anglesea, Fairhaven, Point Leo and Lorne and will finish in Torquay. Crews from Port Fairy have competed at these carnivals and will be in action again on their home beach this weekend.

"There will be a lot of work to do in running the carnival over the weekend but we still want our members to be able to compete.

"We have enough members who won't be competing to help out so hopefully we can have some competition success on our home beach.

"It is always an advantage competing at home.

"It does help to know the conditions."

The competition will have events for over 18s right through to masters age groups. Surf ski and board, swim and surf boat events are in the two-day program.

 

ANTHONY BRADY 2015 ARTICLE: Carnival comes to town, 26 Feb, 2015 12 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 27 February 2015]
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