Another fantastic Fishy Fringe

Another fantastic Fishy Fringe Festival is lined-up for this year's Easter long weekend. Pictured enjoying a helicopter ride at last year's event were Kemal and Eden Brkic.
Another fantastic Fishy Fringe Festival is lined-up for this year's Easter long weekend. Pictured enjoying a helicopter ride at last year's event were Kemal and Eden Brkic.

Community members can expect another fantastic Fishy Fringe Festival this year with a great line up of food, fun and entertainment over two days.

Coinciding with Whyalla's Australian Snapper Championship and the Easter long weekend, the festival provides an excellent opportunity for community members to showcase the city to their family and friends.

Thanks to the support of major sponsors BHP Biliton, OneSteel and Arrium Mining and Whyalla City Council, the community event will offer plenty of free entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Over Saturday and Sunday, patrons can enjoy the atmosphere of the foreshore while listening to the musical stylings of local and visiting acts.

This includes performances by Stormfront Music Tutoring students, Two's Company, the Borderers, Steve Bartel Band, Graeme Hugo with Kimberley Nitschke and Jay Hoad.

Events Whyalla director John Schrapel said the festival provided a great platform for local artists to display their talent.

Mr Schrapel said there would be plenty to see and do at the family-oriented event with helicopter rides, sideshows and amusement rides.

"We're looking forward to another fantastic Fishy Fringe Festival," Mr Schrapel said.

To keep families fuelled over the weekend, there will also be an array of food outlets with some exciting new stalls for people to grab something to eat and drink.

A number of market stalls have eagerly signed up again for this year's event to sell their wares.

However, Mr Schrapel said there were still opportunities for food vendors and stall operators to be a part of the event.

"We're welcoming any new food and craft stalls to be part of this year's festival," Mr Schrapel said.

This year will see the return of the popular children's creative workshops on the Saturday, organised and run by D'faces of Youth Arts.

Mr Schrapel said thanks to the generous support of OneSteel and Arrium Mining, children were able to take part in the hands-on sessions for just a gold coin donation.

"It gives the opportunity for children to be a part of something very creative and come away with a creation they can take home," Mr Schrapel said.

An event for the community, the Fishy Fringe Festival has grown to become a two-day event with about 11,000 attending over the two days last year.

Mr Schrapel said with the event continuing to receive positive feedback, this year's event was shaping up to be another resounding success.

"We're looking to build on the success of 2014 with an even bigger and better event in 2015," Mr Schrapel said.