PODIUM: Lenny Cooper and Darcy Robb streaked ahead of the field to win the Whitfunday ocean kayak race for the second year in a row on Sunday.
PODIUM: Lenny Cooper and Darcy Robb streaked ahead of the field to win the Whitfunday ocean kayak race for the second year in a row on Sunday.

Big crowd turns out for annual Whitfunday

FAMILIES from across the Whitsundays flocked to Dingo Beach on Sunday for the fun and games at the annual Whitfunday event.

The once-a-year event is the Dingo Beach Progress Association's main fundraiser. This year's event saw a great turnout of people to join in the various raffles, competitions and games offered throughout the day.

Dingo Beach Progress Association president Andy Dinnie was thrilled with the response to the event and thanked everyone who had come along and made the day such a big success.

"It was a beautiful day weather-wise and we had a record number of market stalls, 55, and over 20 families entered our sand sculpting competition," he said.

"Numbers were well up right across all our competitions and everyone really got stuck in and had a good time."

Competitions ran all day starting with the annual ocean kayak race, which was again won by teenage duo Darcy Robb and Lenny Cooper.

Old favourites such as the cast-net, dummy spitting and rolling pin throwing competitions provided a lot of fun for all ages. Everyone was catered for with the many market stalls and a number of carnival rides.

Mr Dinnie said they wouldn't know how much money they'd raised for a few weeks yet but thanked everyone who had come down and supported the community event.

"All of the money raised goes back into the progress association who will upgrade the grounds at Dingo Beach and work on our community centre," he said.


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