Rollin? down the river to Ulmarra
By EMMA CORNFORD
EDDIE KELL is not sure how much time he spent crafting the perpetual trophy for the Ulmarra River Festival surfboat marathon ? but he estimates around 60 hours.
This coming weekend one crew will have the honour of taking the trophy home after battling it out in the race.
The festival, now in its fourth year, was this year put back a few weeks to avoid the westerly winds which have plagued the race in previous years.
Mr Kell, one of the festival organisers, said he hoped the strategy worked.
"We have two really good days planned ... so we're hoping we've picked it right this year," he said.
As usual the two-day festival is about more than just races and is packed full of events including live entertainment, a fence painting competition, dry water boat race, stalls and the ever-popular bush poets breakfast on Sunday morning.
"It's a really excellent morning there at the pub. There's a walk-up section and prizes for the winners," Mr Kell said.
A new addition for the festival this year is a bus ride and cruise for residents down river.
A bus will leave Yamba Wharf at 9am, drop people to the festival for the day and at 2.30pm a ferry will cruise people back to Yamba along the Clarence.
Seats are limited and cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids and includes transportation, tea and coffee.
See Saturday's Daily Examiner for a full list of events and times.