Baffle Creek readies for best ever fishing festival
THE Baffle Creek Family Fishing Festival is promising to be bigger than ever, despite the devastating floods that trashed the beachside community in January.
The third annual Baffle Creek Family Fishing Festival is on in the school holidays, September 27-29, with the emphasis on family.
Organised and run by the Baffle Creek Sport and Recreation Club, the festival is the major fundraiser for the year and involves a variety of family-oriented and community activities in the Baffle Creek-Wartburg district.
The Sport & Rec Club provides after-school sports, fitness/exercise classes and card-playing groups on a weekly basis.
It serves as an important social hub for all age groups, with trivia nights, under-18s discos, kids' fun days and community cricket matches held regularly.
The clubhouse also provides a meeting venue for other local community groups and vital educational classes such as first aid training, computer courses for seniors and the recently formed disaster management group.
The club is also a financial supporter of the local kids' horse riding club.
Club vice-president Tracee Lees said the club had become the command and support centre for the community during the floods this year.
"In the days immediately following the 2013 Australia Day flood disaster, and for the next six months, the clubhouse became Baffle Creek's donations and support centre - with a core group of Sport & Rec members heading the team who devoted countless hours to the massive cleanup, rebuilding and donations-distribution operations," she said.
"With an overwhelming amount of community spirit fuelling it, and despite the setbacks and challenges the Baffle Creek community has faced in 2013, this year's Family Fishing Festival is looking to be the best yet."
The third fishing classic kicks off on Friday morning, September 27, with all fishing types and categories for everybody in the family.
Competition fishing boundaries encompass Baffle Creek up to 1770 Creek with all beaches, estuaries and offshore zones included.
And after the fishing frenzy, it's back to the clubhouse for entertainment, food and drink.
A bucking bull and karaoke will provide the laughs on Saturday night, while on Sunday afternoon there will be novelty games and competitions for all ages, jumping castles for the kids and the presentations.
Fireworks and music will close the event at sundown. The festival's bush-bar and canteen will be open all weekend.