2017 Narooma Oyster Festival opening night to include fireworks

Narooma Oyster Tours operator Bill Dudley meets with Victoria Fleming of Mosaic Fire Pyrotechnics and local grower David Maidment to plan the opening night fireworks.
Narooma Oyster Tours operator Bill Dudley meets with Victoria Fleming of Mosaic Fire Pyrotechnics and local grower David Maidment to plan the opening night fireworks.

Plans are coming together for opening night of the Narooma Oyster Festival that is back for 2017 after a year off.

The Narooma Oyster Festival is set to take place May 5-7 on the Wagonga Inlet foreshore on and around Riverside Drive.

Long-lost family friends Victoria Fleming of Mosaic Fire Pyrotechnics at Mogo and local Narooma oyster grower David Maidment caught up after not seeing each other since Victoria was at school with his children.

They along with Bill Dudley of Narooma Oyster Tours met this week to work out the logistics of the fireworks to be held on the inlet Friday night opening of the festival. 

According to one of the festival planners Dave Moore, the Friday opening night will kick off with a Welcome to Country at 6pm, followed by an official opening by State Member Andrew Constance and Mayor Liz Innes, subject to them confirming participation. 

Then a couple of local Narooma High School student musicians will perform followed by the main band Nineteen20 who will play for around 45 minutes.

About 10 minutes of fireworks will commence at 8pm being fired on a barge out on the inlet in front of Riverside Drive. As a means of fundraising, the chamber plans to have Narooma Rotary and Central Tilba Public School catering for the evening. 

Narooma Chamber of Commerce is also still asking for volunteer support to help with cleanup each day and to man the gates during the festival, while any interested stallholders are also being sought.

Chamber president Niels Bendixsen said great support by Eurobodalla Shire Council and Destination NSW and the engagement of a professional events management company was building a solid base for a successful festival.

“Now we need the support of our town and its people to make this year's festival a big winner,” Mr Bendixsen said.

Interested volunteers and stallholders should go to www.naroomaoysterfestival.com to find out how to get involved.