Ilma Hynson gets sand between her toes preparing for the sensory walk that will greet guests at Saturday’s Yamba Festival.
Ilma Hynson gets sand between her toes preparing for the sensory walk that will greet guests at Saturday’s Yamba Festival. Rodney Stevens

Festival to bring Yamba big money

INJECTING dollars into Yamba's economy will be a welcome benefit of this Saturday's Yamba Festival for many businesses in the town according to Bev Mansfield.

The Yamba Chamber of Commerce secretary said after the lean year some businesses had experienced financially, the influx of people and spending was just the tonic the local economy needed.

She said from accommodation, pubs and clubs to food and boutique shopping, festival-goers could only bring positive economic benefits to Yamba.

"There is activity in the morning by bands and different acts in Coldstream St and Yamba St as well as the festival from 2pm, so hopefully that will draw people who will spend money around town," she said.

Flinders Park will come alive with festival-goers immersing themselves in the sensory and cultural delights of the free Yamba Festival as soon as they enter through the sensory walk.

Festival committee member Ilma Hynson said, like reflexology, the walk will enable people to channel how different parts of their body react to different textures under their feet.

"Have the pleasure of walking barefoot over different surfaces or the added pleasure of wearing a blindfold and being assisted by our volunteers along the sensory path will add mystery to your tactile enjoyment," she said.

Once inside people of all ages can enjoy the sweet Rasta sounds of King Tide, the Maori roots tunes of Kaha and the subtropical songs of the Mouldy Lovers.

There won't be just music on offer, with the food village serving up scrumptious delights, the cultural art walk showcasing local talent, Spaghetti Circus performing, face painting, amusement rides, drumming, belly dancing and the spectacular 'Winging It' procession.
 



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