Monthly culture markets provide laidback time by the beach

Duo called Suska during the Beach Arts Music festival, Tannum Sands.
Duo called Suska during the Beach Arts Music festival, Tannum Sands.

IT WAS a laidback afternoon at the Beach Arts Music (BAM) festival in Tannum Sands on Saturday, with many locals taking the opportunity to unwind after hitting the polls.

The monthly culture markets run from March to December and are held in the serene surroundings of the Millennium Esplanade, offering shoppers a relaxed opportunity to take in some of the region's best in handmade jewellery, cuisine, clothing and live entertainment.

A few thousand people enjoyed the free event, which runs from 2pm until 7pm, with numbers swelling after 4.30pm.

Many of the younger crowd were sporting face paint by Happy Faces, who painted 110 people in four hours.

BAM is run by Boyne Tannum Arts Business Community Association Inc.

According to organiser Rhonda Johnsen, they are thrilled that they now have their own PA system for the buskers that perform at one end of the festival.

"Hopefully more school kids will be involved and have the opportunity to gain confidence performing," she said.

Ms Johnsen said the live art competition celebrating the theme "spring is here" was well-received, so they hope to hold something similar again.

The winner of the competition, which involved artists creating a piece in under 30 minutes, was Irene Sparks.

Another popular part of the festival involved Silver Dale Eggs.

The free-range egg farm based in Calliope added some frivolous fun to the day, as along with fresh eggs on sale and day-old chicks to check out, they had egg and spoon races for kids.

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