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2016-04-21 06:00

SEA dogs and land lubbers alike are set to sail into St Francis Bay this month looking for some buried treasure guarded by sharks in the middle of town.

But first they must overcome an inflatable zip-line, an obstacle course and take on their “enemies” during a sumo-fight.

The annual Nautical Festival is set to take place in and around St Francis Bay from April 29 to May 1.

The festival will sail into action with a chokka boat light display at sunset on April 28, when 20 boats or more will light up the harbour.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 on April 30 with a flag parade by the TS Kromme Sea Cadets and a penguin release by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) at the harbour.

An educational live shark tank will be on display, while a crafters’ market will offer mementoes, quilts, arts and crafts, and model boats.

Festival-goers can also look forward to an inflatable zip-line, obstacle course, sumo-suits, and a dog walk from the Port in aid of the local SPCA on the Sunday morning.

Also on the festival-menu is the Rotary Makro Golf Festival, bowls, tennis, volley ball, a 5km Park Run, a Colour Run, canal or sea cruises, as well as the St Francis Fishing Challenge.

Pre-festival events include the Harbour Master’s Port Clean-up from 09:00 until 16:00 and the SANCCOB Kiddies’ Festival from 15:00 on April 28.

For more information or to book a stall, send an email to info@balobi.co.za, visit the Nautical Festival Facebook Page or contact the St Francis Tourism office at 042 294 0076.

Artists wanting to perform at the festival, can contact Bridget Rogers at 072 386 0259.

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