BRAD CHARD, 12, left, and Ben McPhee, 13, of Ulmarra cool off at the Ulmarra River Festival.
BRAD CHARD, 12, left, and Ben McPhee, 13, of Ulmarra cool off at the Ulmarra River Festival.

Ulmarra celebrates river



THE MIGHTY Clarence River's appeal and history were celebrated at the Ulmarra River Festival at the weekend.

The Clarence Valley town crier opened the festival on Saturday, which was followed by a program of yacht racing, a fence painting competition and a surf boat marathon.

Celebrations ended with a dazzling fireworks display.

Yesterday's program was kickstarted with the Holiday Coast Meat Bush Poets breakfast.

Other highlights were the Tooheys Surf Boat Challenge, the dry water boat race for children and performances by renowned buskers.

Organiser Cheryl Kell said the program was popular.

"It was an absolutely wonderful, top weekend," she said.

"We had a lot of people there and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves."

Mrs Kell said people who attended had enjoyed all forms of entertainment.

"The belly dancers went over really well and the bands were sensational," she said.

"The Hare Krishnas set up a food stall and we got really good comments from everyone who tried it," she said.



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