Entertainment

New-look Village Festival attracts record crowds

ROLLICKING TIME: Cosmo the Clown performs at The Village Festival.
ROLLICKING TIME: Cosmo the Clown performs at The Village Festival. Allan Reinikka Photography

JASON Pfingst celebrated yesterday as record crowds enjoyed the music and entertainment of the new-look Sea Haven Village Festival.

The organiser of the annual Yeppoon festival said about 12,000 people had attended the event on Saturday, more than double the 5000 who attended the whole festival last year.

Mr Pfingst said the number didn't include people who enjoyed the events yesterday, or Friday evening.

"We're overwhelmed with the numbers," he said.

It was the first year the festival was free and held in the centre of Yeppoon, with the Main Beachfront providing a stunning backdrop.

Previously it was held at the Yeppoon Pony Club.

Performances at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club and The Strand Hotel were also popular additions.

Mr Pfingst said there were several motivations for the move, including the ease and reduced costs of setting up.

He said previously infrastructure for the festival had to be transported to and set up at the Yeppoon Pony Club.

But new venues in Yeppoon allowed organisers to use established performance areas.

Another motivation for the move was to get more local businesses involved.

Mr Pfingst said early feedback from local stores like New Zealand Natural Ice Creamery had been very positive, with festival goers spending up over the weekend.

Successful weekend

The Village Festival has been running since 2003

Organiser Jason Pfingst estimates more than 12,000 people attended this year's festival

Crowds were impressed with performances by Nicky Bomba, Nat Dunn and local band The Short Fall and many more

Topics:  entertainment, music, village festival, yeppoon



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