Festivals split local crowds

TWO major events 30 minutes drive apart split the Coffs Coast event-attending community in two on Saturday as they juggled the Coffs Harbour Air Show and Woolgoolga Curryfest.

Some brave souls managed to attend both but many gave up and tossed a coin, with the magnificent autumn weather ensuring both events pulled huge crowds.

Hundreds of people of Indian descent joined Saturday's Vaisakhi parade through Woolgoolga at 11am yesterday as Curryfest wound into top gear with more than 12 hours of food, dancing and music.

With many Indian families in town for Sikh New Year celebrations at Woolgoolga's temples, the parade was a chance for East to meet West and the Platinum Bhangra dancers took to the Nightingale Street stage to complete the parade.

Curryfest organiser Sue Webber yesterday said she was very happy with this year's event, which attracted thousands of people.

"It was absolutely fantastic," Ms Webber said. "The weather was ideal and everything went to plan."

Ms Webber said Woolgoolga Curryfest had funding for two more years, so would definitely be returning in 2008 and 2009. The event is supported by the Department of State and Regional Development and Festivals Australia, as well as local sponsors, including the Coffs Coast Advocate.

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