That Dam Festival

2009-11-24 00:00

VISITORS to the Chelmsford Dam, near Newcastle, will be in for a surprise this weekend when dragon boats take to the water for the inaugural That Dam Festival.

Organised by the Ncandu 86 Round Table, in conjunction with Wozani Events, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Amajuba District Municipality, the festival takes place from November 27 to 29, and aims to raise money for local good causes.

One of the main events will be the dragon boat races, featuring teams from Gauteng, Cape Town and Parys and an international team from ­Ghana — and the organisers are hoping that corporate and government institutions will join in the fun.

There will also be three days of ­music on a sound stage sponsored by SAB Miller. The music festival kicks off at 4 pm on Friday with a rock ­’n roll and blues bonanza. Featured acts include the Hairy Legged Lentil ­Eaters, Angus Burns, Busi Mhlongo, Free Beer, Sylvester Mavimbela and Prince Bulo. Saturday and Sunday will see new acts on stage.

Other attractions over the weekend include a performance by a Cale­donian pipe band, a 4x4 SUV and off-road expo, a marine and boating ­expo, a farmers’ market, an angling and fishing expo, a fun run/walk, a cultural arts-and-crafts village, art in the park, a wildlife and tourism ­expo, a camping and caravanning ­expo, hot-air ballooning and a children’s fun village. Gates open at 8 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are R10 per day for adults and children, and camping site tariffs at all the dam’s facilities have been slashed by 50% for the festival period.

Please note — due to liquor licence regulations, no alcohol will be allowed into the festival’s demarcated areas, but Round Table Ncandu 86 will be operating a beer garden throughout the event.

For more information about the festival phone Franz at 072 455 5556 or Paul at 072 447 1355.

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