FeNaClNG Festival creates lasting memories

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Kailey, 8 and Aleah, 6, Miller at the 2019 FeNaClNG Festival.
Camera IconKailey, 8 and Aleah, 6, Miller at the 2019 FeNaClNG Festival. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Karratha’s biggest festival has come and gone for another year, but memories of the 47th annual FeNaCING Festival will last a lifetime, or at least until the rides, games and stalls take over Bulgarra Oval again in 2020.

The name of the festival, which is run by the The Lions Club of Karratha and Dampier, comes from the chemical symbols of the three main production and export commodities in the area and is the Pilbara’s answer to the Royal Show.

The festivities kicked off on Friday night with the street parade, which saw more than 20 floats and community groups taking to the Karratha CBD to celebrate the theme 50 Years of Karratha.

The Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Club took out the Community Group Award, the primary school floats were once again a colourful delight with Peg’s Creek just pipping Karratha Primary to take the winner’s spot.

The festival had something for all ages with rides and games for the kids, camping and caravanning displays for the adults and a beer tent for the “lost” dads.

Entertainment was provided during the day by local schools and community groups, while at night The Voice Supergroup and two tribute bands got the crowd grooving.

Lions media officer Kirsten Boardman said it was hard to judge exactly how many people came through, but there would have been at least 2000 at any given time.

“It’s the biggest community event which Karratha has, we always get a lot of grey nomads and travellers who have it booked in their calenders every year,” she said.

“I would say on Sunday night we had at least 4000, there was just walls of people and the fireworks always draw a crowd.”

This years festival wasn’t without its challenges after the Lions Club sadly lost FeNaCING stalwart Kerry Donohoe earlier this year.

“It was really hard this year and Kerry was so missed,” Ms Boardman said. “The committee really had to band together and do roles they weren’t used to, so it was a bit of chaos at the start but it all came together in the end.”

The festival will return to Bulgarra Oval during the first weekend of August next year.

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