Lovely ladies (from left) Carol, Daisy May and Gloria point revellers in the right direction to a fun weekend at Coast Out.
Lovely ladies (from left) Carol, Daisy May and Gloria point revellers in the right direction to a fun weekend at Coast Out. Gemima Harvey

Coffs CoastOut a huge hit with LGBTI families and friends

THE COMBINATION of perfect Coffs Harbour weather and fun times has made the third staging of CoastOut one to remember.

A continuous loop of parties and events has kept the punters entertained and festival director Todd Buttery said Sunday night's big finale at the Splash Beach Dance Party in Park Beach Reserve will be a fun farewell to a sensational weekend.

"The whole thing has gone off without a hitch and it appears to have been a good time for all," he said.

"The performers have been great ... everybody has enjoyed themselves and had a ball and you couldn't have asked for better weather."

Local girls Jess and Kym attended Grooves In The Park as their first visit to the festival.

"We had to work on Saturday and missed the big parties but today is pretty laid back," Jess said.

Apart from the fun, friendship and entertainment aspect, the event has a serious community message.

Staff from Mid North Coast Local Health District and the Aids Council of NSW conducted an HIV rapid testing service which programs manager Jenny Heslop said received a pleasing response.

"Many people are coming through to get the test and we are very happy with this outcome," she said.

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