The warmer weather and longer days mean it’s time to celebrate, with the Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale providing a timely kickoff to summer.
The October 15 event marks the seventh year of the family fun day, with attractions for the young and young at heart taking over Corrigans Beach Reserve.
Organiser Robin Innes said a new feature on this year’s program would be a Battle of the Bands contest, with Eurobodalla high school students going head-to-head on the big stage.
“What’s exciting about this is the kids that started with our first event seven years ago are now in high school and looking for things to do,” Mrs Innes said.
“There’s a lot of young guys and girls around that are looking for places to play, so this year, we want to have a Battle of the Bands.”
Mrs Innes said the event was a great opportunity for up-and-coming bands to perform live before an audience.
As extra sweeteners, cash prizes will be on offer for the top three acts and Nashberries star Dave Nash will be on hand to help bands through the gig.
Skydivers are expected to provide a head-turning spectacle, while the Batemans Bay bridge spanner throwing competition will keep the carnivale tradition alive.
Those with a competitive edge can test their stomach at a pie-eating contest, and those who love their food, but prefer to eat at a slower pace, will have plenty of food stalls to choose from.
A fancy dress show, pet parade, petting zoo, best-dressed teddy bear competition and singing/dancing/gymnastics performances will keep the younger kids occupied for hours.
Mrs Innes said the event was important in recognising the shire’s youth and setting off the summer season.
“It showcases what’s available for our young people in the shire so they can extend their activities from what they see on the day,” she said.
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