3 March 2022

Wagga Boat Club praying for clear skies ahead of the return of the Flow Festival

| Max O'Driscoll
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Flow Festival is one of the Wagga Wagga Boat Club’s biggest events. Photo: Wagga Wagga Boat Club.

The Wagga Wagga Boat Club is praying for good weather ahead of the return of its much-loved Flow Festival on Saturday 5 March.

Organisers are “really excited to bring back” the event and showcase some of the Riverina’s best musicians after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.

“It’s one of the biggest events we’ve got because they close off the whole park next to the boat club and the carparks and everything and it’s just filled with bands and food and drinks, and lots of things for all ages,” Wagga Boat Club director Belinda Coleman said.

The Convicts, Damnation, Joe Blow & Social Hand Grenade are just some of the names on the eight-band lineup in what promises to be a massive day of classic Aussie anthems. The event will also be supported by several local food vendors and the Wagga Boat Club bar and restaurant running all day.

Belinda said the “super talented” list of bands at what she described as the “best location in Wagga” when the lake is full makes it a day not to be missed.

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The event is an important step towards the club’s return to normality following a difficult period.

After first having to deal with an empty lake due to the drought, which saw all of the boating events on Lake Albert cancelled and caused “all sorts of problems” for the Boat Club, the 2021 pandemic outbreak affected the club deeply.

“It’s a club that’s owned by the members and not one that makes a huge amount of money or anything. We have to do a lot of fundraising to try and get the money to improve things and most of our fundraising events were cancelled,” Belinda said.

She does, however, believe that “things are looking bright” at the club, with a new board of directors “super motivated to get things moving forward” following COVID. The meaningfulness of their hard work still relies heavily on how the community receives their events.

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“It’s massively important because, without our members and members’ friends, we wouldn’t have a club. We don’t get any funding and still have to run it as a business,” Belinda said.

“We really want everyone to come out and give us as much support as they can.”

Starting at noon, Belinda expects the event to “go for hours and hours”.

Tickets can be purchased online at any time, provided they don’t sell out. All ages are welcome and admission for kids under 13 is free. Should the weather situation deteriorate over the weekend, there will be updates on the Flow Festival Facebook page.

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