At 6.30 am on Saturday morning it was cloudy, rain was falling and temperatures were cool, but organisers of the Love Lennox Festival remained positive. After already postponing their event once due to weather, they were just not gonna let Mother Nature ruin their day again.
And, by 9 am when all the stalls were set up and visitors were starting to dribble in, the weather had improved, but there were still some questions about how many people would venture out on such a day.
By 10 am, all doubts had disappeared, as throngs of people started to fill the main street. Estimates range anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 attendees, but everyone agrees the main street remained full for 4 to 5 hours, while crowds moved up and down the street, opting for a range of entertainment and shopping options that provided something for everyone. Board swap, dog show, Flavours Of Lennox, Jumping Castle, Tintenbar Up Front Busking programme, 85 festival stalls up and down the street which showcased local businesses first and foremost.
According to Festival organiser Jason Shrieves, ‘first priority for Festival stalls went to Lennox Head businesses. We’ve always been adamant about that. We are here to support Lennox businesses and put Lennox on the map. Then, if there are any spaces left we let Ballina businesses in and then Byron. We need to fill the street to finance the festival.’
And feedback from everyone from one end of the street to the other was extremely positive.
Local celebrity chef Steven Snow dropped in for a flying visit to taste the Flavours Of Lennox – the much coveted Lennox food award which will be announced at a special event in the coming month.
The event, which is entirely managed and organised by volunteers through the auspices of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce, enjoys significant sponsorship from local businesses. Enormous gratitude to Surfit, FSG, Ballina Shire Council, North Coast Holiday Parks, Southern Cross Credit Union, Summerland Credit Union, ZEP Finance, TURSA, Barefoot and Breezy, Fishy Fishy, IGA, RP Projects, Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce, and Barefruit Marketing. We mention them here, because this event simply would not happen without them.