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THE consensus among those at the Great Southern Blues Festival was that it has come back home to Narooma.
The festival ran smoothly with everyone enjoying the musical acts that came from far and wide.
Festival organiser Neil Mumme said bringing the festival back to Narooma after it failed in Batemans Bay was always going to be “a considerable risk”, but judging by the attendance the punters seem to have welcomed it back home without a worry.
He had yet to calculate the exact numbers but his best guess was that attendance was similar to the last Narooma festival in 2009.
“The visitors were happy and I just hope it was good for the town,” Mr Mumme said.
The Narooma Visitor Information Centre was kept busy in the lead up to the long weekend searching out suitable accommodation that was in very short supply.
Having a bus that serviced outlying areas earlier in the day would have been put to good use as a house or campsite closer to town was a common request.
The festival set-up was different this year with only two main stages and then a smaller acoustic venue complete with catering, brought in based on feedback from festival fans.
“The concept worked really well and we can work on fine tuning it for next year,” he said.
The sound was greatly improved this year with a state-of-the-art directional sound system brought in to reduce mixing of sound between the two stages.
Patrons and visitors around Narooma were well behaved with only one arrest at the festival and six drug detections - see all the details in this week’s police report.
The winners of the Narooma News Facebook Great Southern Blues ticket give-away were Narooma locals Sarah Mather and Nicole Betts.
Sarah at the festival said: “I really enjoyed the Great Southern Blues Festival as it soothed my soul just before my HSC!”
The Narooma Lions Club have also congratulated Neil and Rhonda Mumme for a fantastic homecoming of the Great Southern Blues Festival.
It was an amazing weekend and a tribute to their hard work in promoting such a successful and well attended event, vice president Bruce Frost said.
Another winner was Colin Briscoe from Sydney who won the Fender Guitar being raffled by the Narooma Lions Club.
Colin is an avid fan of the blues and works on community radio 2RRR where he promotes blues music and festivals.
Neil and Rhonda supported the Narooma & District International Lions Club with this raffle and the club thanks them for their generous support and assistance in raising funds for the community.