Nymboida festival a hit with river adventurers
SMALL, but perfectly formed, could have been the summary of the weekend's Nymboida Adventure Festival.
Festival organiser Janelle Young, who is also a member of the Nymboida Canoeing Ltd board of directors, said the inaugural festival has given her a taste of what to expect for future festivals.
"It couldn't have gone much better," Ms Young said. "We could have handled a few more people than the 150 or so we had, but I was only expecting to get around 100, so we exceeded expectations.
"Because this was my first festival, it was good that it was a more manageable size."
One of the things the organisers learned was to avoid conflicts with other events, like sporting grand finals.
"We learned a lot from the weekend, but we also had lots of wonderful feedback from it as well," Ms Young said.
"All the sponsors said how much they enjoyed it and promised to be back for next year.
"And everyone who came said they'd be back, and they're going to tell all their friends to come as well."
Ms Young said the two days of events was aimed at focussing attention back on the canoe centre after a disastrous 18 months.
"We want everyone to see we're still here and still operating as a canoe centre," Ms Young said.
"On Saturday, it was action-packed, with events like the platypus throwing, the cardboard kayak calamity and high heel obstacle race.
"Today (Sunday) it was more laidback. We've had bushwalking with the Landcare people and Big River Canoe Club has been taking a Scouts group for a paddle on the river. We also got some mountain bike riding at a local venue."
Ms Young said the canoe club was forced to stage an impromptu canoe ride for the young people.
"The club's instructors did a slalom demonstration, and of course, afterwards, all the kids wanted to have a go," she said.
"One of them came up with the great idea of putting the kids in the Wobbie (a bigger, safer canoe) to take them down the slalom course.
"We kitted them up with life jackets and helmets and they absolutely loved it. They thought they were pretty cool."