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Queanbeyan River Festival

Queanbeyan residents and visitors will converge on the Queanbeyan River on Saturday 29 October for the popular Queanbeyan River Festival.

Council has again partnered with The Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group to host the popular boat races. There are opportunities to enter boats in three categories including the ‘Build your own boat’, ‘The Inflatables’ and the kayak races.

“If the past few years are anything to go by, it will be a really fun day for both competitors and spectators and we are looking forward to seeing the creations doing their very best to win a race or just stay afloat” Chief Executive Officer of The Cancer Support Group, Ms Melissa Gardiner said. There is still time to enter your worthy vessel via The Cancer Support Group.

The sixth River Festival will feature a range of free activities for all members of the family, including ‘come and try’ stand up paddle boards, fly fishing demonstrations, tie-dying, water balls, safe archery, recycling workshops, lantern making and much more.

Council’s Event Coordinator Mrs Cheryl Rule said “we have been mindful to select activities which complement and celebrate our river while still having fun. This year new activities have been included such as a giant bouncer, water tug-of-war, model ship display and an Aboriginal activity where the children can get ochre painted and learn more about local traditions and history of the river and its people. These new activities go alongside popular favourites such as air brush tattoos and Chinese lantern making workshops.”

The public are encouraged to bring two S’s – your swimmers and a smile.

In addition to the activity of the River, art lovers can also take advantage of visiting and viewing the entries in the Clearwater Sculpture Prize being held on the banks of the Queanbeyan River from 28-30 October.

“The Queanbeyan River is the jewel in Queanbeyan’s crown. There are few towns which are as lucky as us to have a river running so close to the CBD and one that frames our location so perfectly,” Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator, Mr Tim Overall said.

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