Avon River Festival another showstopper

Local spectators: Dana, Hope and Cade Hazlewood watched the floats go by on Saturday at the Avon River Festival parade. Photos by Carla Hildebrandt.

Local spectators: Dana, Hope and Cade Hazlewood watched the floats go by on Saturday at the Avon River Festival parade. Photos by Carla Hildebrandt.

Northam was transformed on Saturday evening for the annual Avon River Festival.

Jermaine Davis from the Northam Clontarf Academy handed out treats along with other students.

Jermaine Davis from the Northam Clontarf Academy handed out treats along with other students.

The main streets gradually closed throughout the day to prepare for the festivities. 

Marching: The Northam Army Cadets were in their full khaki attire during the Avon River Festival parade.

Marching: The Northam Army Cadets were in their full khaki attire during the Avon River Festival parade.

Bernard Park became an amusement park, with rides, a sideshow alley, food stalls and markets.

The evening kicked off with the popular street parade, and by that time, Fitzgerald Street was filled with people interacting and cheering on the the community members involved in the parade.

Float entrants handed out lollies to the children and posed for pictures along the way.

Triple M presenter Verity Hughes introduced the floats as they passed by the Northam Boulevard.

Many local community groups were involved in the parade including the Avon Valley BMX Club, Relay for Life, Northam Women in Business, Northam Fire and Rescue, Northam Scouts, St John Ambulance, Wheatbelt Health Network, Springfield Soccer Club and Northam Army Cadets among many others. 

The Festival brings together locals and visitors, showcasing the vibrancy of our region - Steven Pollard

Local band Refractory Road belted out tunes throughout the evening which were enjoyed by the audience.

The popular fireworks finale ended the festival and set the scene for the start of the Avon Descent the following day.

Northam Shire President Steven Pollard said the Avon River Festival is a highlight on the Shire’s annual calendar.

“The Festival brings together locals and visitors, showcasing the vibrancy of our region,” he said. 

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