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.

BIG MAC: Mac the steer ridden by Wade Mathie of Bodalla was awarded the Best with Animal award in the Bermagui Seaside Fair parade.

BIG MAC: Mac the steer ridden by Wade Mathie of Bodalla was awarded the Best with Animal award in the Bermagui Seaside Fair parade.

BEST BUDDY: John Gowing and Libby won the “Best Buddy” ribbon at the Bermagui Seaside Fair pet contest.

BEST BUDDY: John Gowing and Libby won the “Best Buddy” ribbon at the Bermagui Seaside Fair pet contest.

UMBRELLA AUCTION: Narooma artist Bryn Waterman checks out the “Umbrellas of Bermagui.

UMBRELLA AUCTION: Narooma artist Bryn Waterman checks out the “Umbrellas of Bermagui.

LOCKO T-BIRD: Brent Lockton from Narooma looking good in his classic Thunderbird.

LOCKO T-BIRD: Brent Lockton from Narooma looking good in his classic Thunderbird.

LIVE POETS: The Live Poets Society at the Bermagui Seaside Fair were Robin Macpherson, Geoffrey Giuffre, Len Morris and Margot Ryan with MC Tony Jaggers. Missing is Live Poet Barry Lake.

LIVE POETS: The Live Poets Society at the Bermagui Seaside Fair were Robin Macpherson, Geoffrey Giuffre, Len Morris and Margot Ryan with MC Tony Jaggers. Missing is Live Poet Barry Lake.

CWA LADIES: The Bermagui CWA ladies looked great dressed as genies and being out of this world.

CWA LADIES: The Bermagui CWA ladies looked great dressed as genies and being out of this world.

CRABS BIKERS: Brining up the rear of the Seaside Fair parade is Rob Grimstone and the Bermagui CRABs (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers).

CRABS BIKERS: Brining up the rear of the Seaside Fair parade is Rob Grimstone and the Bermagui CRABs (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers).

SPACE SCOUTS: "Cobargo Space Scouts" complete their extra-vehicular activity during the Bermagui Seaside Fair "Out of this World" parade. Hanging on the space ship are Annalise Ayliffe, Taran Gross and Sam Hackett.

SPACE SCOUTS: "Cobargo Space Scouts" complete their extra-vehicular activity during the Bermagui Seaside Fair "Out of this World" parade. Hanging on the space ship are Annalise Ayliffe, Taran Gross and Sam Hackett.

PAUL COOKS: River Cottage Australia host Paul West working hard at the Bermagui Seaside Fair on Saturday.

PAUL COOKS: River Cottage Australia host Paul West working hard at the Bermagui Seaside Fair on Saturday.

NAROOMA FAMILY: Heading down to the Bermagui Seaside Fair are Narooma families like Jo Westoll and Steve Hutchison with kids Leah, Luka and Jack.

NAROOMA FAMILY: Heading down to the Bermagui Seaside Fair are Narooma families like Jo Westoll and Steve Hutchison with kids Leah, Luka and Jack.

MEN’S SHED: Working the Men’s Shed/Lions barbecue on Saturday morning are Barry White, Fergus McWhirter, Shane Brooks and Ian Bailey.

MEN’S SHED: Working the Men’s Shed/Lions barbecue on Saturday morning are Barry White, Fergus McWhirter, Shane Brooks and Ian Bailey.

TOP FLOAT: Bermagui Little Lambs Preschool was awarded the Best Overall Float award in this year’s Bermagui Seaside Fair parade.

TOP FLOAT: Bermagui Little Lambs Preschool was awarded the Best Overall Float award in this year’s Bermagui Seaside Fair parade.

BEST WHEELS: The Best on Wheels award went to the Bermagui Surf Shop’s silvery Mini.

BEST WHEELS: The Best on Wheels award went to the Bermagui Surf Shop’s silvery Mini.

PLANETARY: The Bermagui Seaside Fair was indeed "Out of this World" with some fantastic costumes in the parade and much more – here is University of Third Age which won Best On Foot.

PLANETARY: The Bermagui Seaside Fair was indeed "Out of this World" with some fantastic costumes in the parade and much more – here is University of Third Age which won Best On Foot.

See all the photos from the fair here:

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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.