Youth Week party hits a high note
By ADRIAN MILLER
YOUTH Week 2006 began with a bang on Saturday night with a battle of the bands competition at the Grafton Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Nearly 300 people were there to see local up-and-coming acts strut their stuff on stage.
Clarence group, Unlikely Faithful, was the big winner, taking out the first prize of a $600 recording session and a $300 music store voucher.
The second place prize of a paid gig at the Royal Hotel and a $200 voucher went to Lenny, while third place, Creatures of Comfort, scored themselves a $100 voucher.
Clarence Valley Council acting youth services worker Carolyn Wilkes said the program went well.
"It was a good, well-behaved crowd, who really enjoyed themselves," she said.
"It was a drug and alcohol free event and while we would have liked a bigger crowd, those that were there seemed to have a great night."
As well as local bands vying for the battle of the bands crown, the crowd was kept enthralled by Lismore band, Sleigor Trout and Brisbane band, Transport.
Ms Wilkes said a hip-hop performance by Clarence collective Kerrie's Krazy Krew and Coffs Harbour-based Groove Lock was another highlight.
Running until April 9, Youth Fest 2006 promises a stellar week for all of the Valley's youth, with activities planned throughout. Today brings the launch of Youth Pathways at Tursa, which is a program designed to help bring young people jobs.
On Wednesday, the first of a series of cartooning workshops will be run in Grafton, with the second workshops set for Yamba on Saturday. These workshops will be held once a month after Youth Fest is completed.
An RTA workshop for supervisors of L-plate drivers will take place at the South Grafton ExServicemen's Club on Thursday, while on Friday movie marathons will be held at the Yamba and Saraton movie theatres.
Next weekend Youth Fest reaches its climax with free BMX freestyle coaching lessons in Grafton and at Maclean.
On Saturday the sessions will be at the Grafton skatepark, while on Sunday they will shift to the skatepark in Maclean.