NORTH WEST RIVER, N.L . — North West River hosted the 33rd annual Beach Festival July 28-29 with a host of musical acts and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Despite the weather forecasts predicting inclement conditions, it was pretty much great weather with only two rain showers passing over throughout the duration of the event.
Organizing committee told member David Tremblett The Labradorian the North West River Beach Festival Committee is pleased with the event.
“Being a newly formed committee who only came together in late May to save the Beach Festival, we all worked very hard as a group to make sure the festival would continue in such a short amount of time,” he said. “We came up with new ideas that we were able to add to this year’s festival, such as the Little Miss & Mr. Beach Festival along with working to ensure we included those that always seem to be popular with the patrons who attend.
The Show and Shine was a popular inclusion in the event schedule with the festival attendees taking time to check out some of the motorcycles on display. The live auction had lots of great items for sale with some of them fetching a good price which helps with fundraising for the 2019 Beach Festival.
For those that just wanted to find a space to sit back and relax, they had the opportunity to be entertained throughout the day and night with some talented musical acts which included local father and daughter duo Darryl and 11-year-old Holly Reardon.
“Holly’s set was great,” Darryl said. “She sang four songs with me while I played the guitar, and then sang two songs while playing the ukulele.
“The crowd seemed to enjoy her talent, with MC John Kelland saying that a star was born and that it would be likely that she would be playing at more of the scheduled events and festivals in the Lake Melville area in the future.”
Tombstone, a local heavy metal band which included local business owner and star of the TV series ‘Last Stop Garage’, Collin Baikie on the drums entertained the crowd with songs from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath to name a few.
The night ended with a set from the Jacinda Beals Band who played Jimmy Hendrix ‘All Along The Watchtower’ for 15 minutes while the fireworks were set off into the night sky.
Tremblett said the organizing committee is thankful for the efforts of volunteers.
“Without the volunteers there would be no festival,” he said. “All of the committee members have taken note to what worked and what has not worked, so that we can better plan for next year.”
Tremblett said they will also be putting out a public request for new and additional committee members in the coming weeks when they decide on a date for a meeting.
“So, if you think you have something you can offer from help to an idea to make the festival better, please consider joining our committee,” Tremblett encouraged.