Jurien Bay will this weekend show off Western Australia’s relaxed coastal lifestyle when the crayfish town hosts the 2013 Indian Ocean Festival.
The festival, based on a maritime theme, will feature some of the region’s best seafood, a boat and caravan display and will come to a conclusion with a fireworks display at the town jetty.
It also includes family activities such as a rope coiling competition, live music, cultural performances, market stalls, children’s entertainment as well as fish filleting and cooking demonstrations.
The State Government proudly supports the festival through Eventscorp's Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls will open the festival on Saturday.
Mr Grylls said the festival had grown from a Blessing of the Fleet to mark the start of the crayfishing season to a wider event highlighting the lifestyle on offer on the Coral Coast.
“With the opening of the Indian Ocean Drive in 2010, the town is now an easy drive from Perth and a fantastic tourism destination for fishing, diving and snorkelling enthusiasts,” he said.
Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the Jurien Bay region was renowned for its important western rock lobster industry.
“The festival will not only add vibrancy to the region, it will also show Jurien Bay’s stunning coastline and thriving community to thousands of people,” he said.
Mr Grylls said the festival gave the community an opportunity to come together and celebrate what makes the Coral coast a wonderful place to live.
“The Royalties for Regions investment into regional events is helping to build strong and vibrant communities throughout the State,” he said.
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