Fired up: The NSW Fire Brigades contingent proved a hit with the crowds at the Sawtell Super Fun Day.
Fired up: The NSW Fire Brigades contingent proved a hit with the crowds at the Sawtell Super Fun Day. Leigh Jensen

Sawtell Super Fun Day a success

IT’S one of the Coffs Coast’s signature events which keeps getting bigger every year.

The highly popular Sawtell Super Fun Day attracted as many as 5000 people on Saturday to celebrate the year that was and to look forward to the next 12 months of promise.

Sawtell Super Fun Day chairman Warren Hollyman was ecstatic with the community response.

“The day was absolutely run beautifully. I couldn’t have wished for a better day,” he said.

“It’s so successful because it’s a dedicated community event all done by volunteer labour and it’s been going for 91 consecutive years.

“It’s a day that everyone feels is theirs.”

Mr Hollyman said the naming of the Sawtellian of the Year was always one of the highlights and this year’s honour went to community stalwart Gwen Herdegen.

The busy line-up of events kicked off with the junior super mile around Sawtell, followed by the popular 5.5km fun run which had a whopping 173 entries.

“We were very happy with the number of competitors considering it was a Saturday when lots of sports and other activities are on and it was very hot,” Mr Hollyman said.

“This is the oldest organised fun run in NSW.”

The grand street parade around the village was a sight to behold with vintage cars, some 40 decorated cycles, a pipe band, line-dancers and floats proving popular with the masses of well-wishers who lined the streets.

The other popular attractions included the all-day woodchopping (a tradition dating back to 1957), running races, carnival rides including the dodgems and the Hurricane, children’s entertainment, a line-dancing exhibition and, of course, the 24 market stalls.

“It was go, go, go all day,” Mr Hollyman said.

“We are truly grateful to the local community for their donations which help to make this day work.

“I would say next year’s will have even bigger crowds because it will be held on a Sunday.”



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