Get hooked on annual Fraser Lions Pier Festival
THE annual Fraser Lions Pier Festival brings together people from all walks of life from fishermen to market-goers and families seeking a great day out.
But most importantly it celebrates the milestone achievement of the Save the Pier committee, which fought to keep the iconic attraction from being knocked down in 1985.
The festival, which has been running for more than 25 years, has set the benchmark as one of Hervey Bay's best events and fishing competition organiser George Duck said those who attended this Sunday, September 28, wouldn't be disappointed.
"It started off as the Save the Pier Festival organised by the Fraser Lions Club and it must have worked, it's still standing today," Mr Duck said.
"Look at all the fishing that goes on there. It's a great tourist attraction and it's a lovely spot.
"Mate, it just makes the event ... you can have a walk on the pier, see all the stalls, it's just fantastic."
A thousand-strong crowd enjoyed last year's festivities, with the annual fishing competition being a highlight of the event.
A 1.498 tarpon took out the senior section last year while a 5.360kg jew won the top prize for a junior.
"Huge golden trevally are on the bite this year and flathead have been going well too," Mr Duck said.
"Everyone, local businesses, have really got behind the event and there's lots of top prizes to be won ... so come along and fish, fish, fish.
"Every child at the presentation goes home with a prize, so don't rush away after the weigh-in closes."
Other entertainment includes a merry-go-round and rides, food and craft stalls, flea market, lucky spinning wheels, face painting and more from 8am to 3pm.
All proceeds made from the festival will go to the Fraser Lions Club of Hervey Bay and local charities.
- Entrants can sign up for the fishing competition at the entry to the pier this Sunday, from 6am.
- Cost is $3 adults and $1 children
- The live weigh-in section organised by the Toogoom Fishing Club will operate from 6am to 11am. Eligible species include whiting, bream, flathead, pike and gar.
- The dead weigh-in will operate from 10.30am to 12.30pm and includes nearly all species, except sharks, rays, toads and vermin.
- Prizes include an Alvie reel, rod and reel combos from Anglers Den, 50 litre Fraser Island ice box from Bob's Bridgestone Tyres and dinner vouchers from the Hervey Bay Boat Club.