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Narooma Oyster Festival needs an overhaul

The Beagle Editor, In the Narooma News publication today there was a lot of upbeat content regarding the oyster festival held on the weekend. Now I know it does a lot for the town and it takes a lot of dedication from a lot of more than likely volunteers and I don’t want to rain on their parade but the general consensus out in the community that I listen carefully to every day is that it was boring. I for one have been every year since its inception and its always been most enjoyable but this year I got there at midday with a group of friends from out west to find that for starters there was very little entertainment bar a couple of guys playing didgeridoo. We looked through the indigenous art tent then checked out the cooking demonstration tent then wandered round to find that that was about it. We went to the oyster suppliers stalls and grabbed our dozen each although one of my companions couldn’t get the ones he wanted as the supplier had already sold out and then after getting a lovely Tilba juice sat on the edge of Wagonga and ate. We decided to wander and basically all we found were four classic cars parked on a roundabout and the rest seemed to be just market and food stalls. Now the organizers can jump up and down but I'm just the messenger so..... with so much talent in this area why don’t you utilize it? Look at Tilba with its street performers, stilt walkers and the like and everywhere you look at their Easter Fair there's something going on. With two weeks to go to the busking festival to be held in Narooma why wasn’t some of that local talent utilized especially the school drum ensemble that just wowed everyone last year. I feel Bermagui seaside Fair fell for the same trap this year and most people see it as not much more than a market day that we can do anywhere and that wont get people back long term. So for the organizers please at least think about what I'm saying… Pete Ward Moruya


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