22-23 Sept 2012             Bowen Family Fishing Classic

2014 Wrap-Up and Results

2014 Bowen Fishing Classic - Wrap up—a weekend to remember had by locals and visitors alike.

Well the “classic” catches are over again for another year for all the keen anglers of the Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend. Apart from some wind gusts out on the water Sunday- Bowen once again welcomed everyone to town with its beautiful North Qld weather. Mackerel as big as 29.1 kg where weighed in along with an unusual catch for the Other Species category in a 22.2 kg Barracuda. The junior’s highest weighing fish was a Spanish mackerel that weighed in at 22kg a grand achievement for any young fisherman!

The crowd was out in force Saturday for the fantastic line of entertainment to the open air stage at Bowen soundshell. Local Gospel band started off the on stage entertainment by Blessing our fishermen just before the Cake Crunching competition got underway . The kids Crawchie racing was popular again and the kids cheered on their crawchie loud and proud (much to the surprise of the cruising crawchies)! New event to the fishing classic 2014 -Yabby Pumping saw the yabby pumps out on the sand flats racing against time to win $200 in prizes. Marsupial Madness children’s show from Brisbane had the littlies giggling and bopping out to great original bush songs and slapstick comedy. The soulful sounds of charismatic Rhys Tollhurst from Cairns set the scene for a great night with renditions of Michael Buble and his own blend of pop music. Lance Friend then took the stage with his Murky River band with their newly discovered country rock sound. Record crowd numbers come along to watch Iconic band Dragon who had the audience singing along to the all-time favourites “ April sun in Cuba” and are you old enough” to name a few. Rock Band Razor from Mackay took the revellers to closing time with great classics from ACDC, Black Sabbath ,Inxs and U2. What a night to remember and all for just a gold coin entry – can’t get it any better than that anywhere in Australia!

Brekkie with the stars – beachfront- what a great way to start a Sunday morning!. Those who ventured out were rewarded with a hot breakfast and were accompanied by Dragon members- Todd Hunter, Mark Williams, Rhys Tollhurst( Australia’s got talent 2012 finalist) and a visit from Dame Edna who made for a light hearted start to a fun filled day- sea side .

The kids were the stars on Sunday – and started off with Crafts – making sailboats and snakes from recycled materials and Funky monkeys, then down on to the beach for Sand sculpting with Blazer the fire bear and the Eagle boy’s eagle and the Broken Hill Life Savers comedy trio who kept us all safe with light hearted water safety demonstrations! The much anticipated classic lolly drop then saw thousands of tailed lollies fall from the sky, much to the delight of kids of all ages.

Sophie Phillis from central Qld ,a finalist from The voice 2014 entertained the Sunday crowd with her beautiful vocals and harmonies providing a ‘little bit of something’ for everyone. Passionate band- Sun Salute took the crowd into the afternoon with their wholesome blend of R& B , reggae and funk. As the presentations got underway Keiran McCarthy from Airlie Beach kept everyone entertained before the 64 category prizes , and fishing holiday packages where drawn. The crowd held their breath for the much anticipated draw of the $35600 Senior boating package and the $6400 Junior boat. These fabulous prizes both stayed in our region one going to Malcolm Exelby from Proserpine the other to Kya Brown from Bowen.

So with the tents all packed up for the 23rd annual Bowen Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend we are grateful of the support of the sponsors and the many volunteers who help keep the “classic “ alive.

The Classic crew thanks each and every one of you for your dedication and assistance and hope to see you all in 2015!

BY Sharon Bradford






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