Bermagui Seaside Fair attracts 10,000

THE Bermagui Seaside Fair was indeed "Out of this World" with some fantastic costumes in the parade and great weather.

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Organisers would have been worried when violent thunderstorms hit the Bermagui Narooma area on Friday evening.

But they must have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Saturday morning dawned bright and clear.

This year’s theme of “Out of this World” saw some great costumes in the parade with the Bermagui community and businesses really outdoing themselves this year.

There were lots of aliens, scary faces, spacemen and genies.

The Best Float Overall was judged to be the Little Lambs preschool while the Best on Foot award went to the University of the Third Age.

The Best with Animal award went to the Mac the big old steer belonging to Bermagui local Charlie McVeity and ridden and trained by Wade Mathie of Bodalla.

The Best on Wheels float was awarded to the Bermagui Surf Shop’s shiny silver Mini space machine.

Bermagui Seaside Fair committee president Jo Jacobs said everyone on the committee was holding their breath but it all went ahead smoothly from the breakfast first thing to the fireworks.

She estimated a crowd of around 10,000 people comparable to previous events.

“What was different this year was that people seemed to stay around as we had some excellent entertainment in the afternoon with the chainsaw demonstration and Johnny Cash tribute show,” Jo said.

New to the fair this year was the auction of the “Umbrellas of Bermagui”, wonderful creations by local artists that were sold off to raise funds to build the Bermagui skate park.

Event founder and organiser Dennis Olmstead was pleased as punch with the result with around $6500 raised.

Bidding was strong with the 15 or so umbrellas selling for an average of around $400.

The top price of $800 was paid for Michelle Dedlefs intricate, hand-stitched umbrella, inspired by the local forests and native wildlife.

The auction of the umbrellas actually attracted interest from around the region and further afield.

“Virtually over half went to people from out of town,” he said.

The Seaside Fair Committee was keen to see the project happen again next year and there were already discussions with artists and sponsors to make the next series of colourful creations.

River Cottage Australia meanwhile was also out and about filming during the fair with host Paul West and his crew setting up a stall offering a special dish using produce grown on the farm.

Stay tuned to Series 2 that should air mid-year on The LifeStyle Channel on Foxtel to see how it all went.

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