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Sharks will turn heads at Hervey Bay Ocean Fest parade


The fibreglass shark sculpture from the former Vic Hislop’s Shark Show is on the move again – this time as part of the Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum’s entry in the whale parade on August 18.

It’s sure to turn heads as the centrepiece of the group’s float which will also include Davy Jones and his locker along with King Neptune and his trident.

Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum webmaster Brian Taylor said the shark had not yet been fully restored but running repairs, including reattaching a fin, had been made to prepare it for the parade.

He said the plan for the group’s entry also included having a shark’s head poking out of the window of the vehicle towing the float.

“We’ve entered for several years and won prizes,” he said.

“We like to support it - it’s a major event.

“The amount of effort all the people put into their floats and all the schools that get involved – it’s good.”

The shark sculptures advertised the well-known shark show on the corner of the Esplanade and Elizabeth Street in Urangan until it closed in 2016 and they were moved earlier this year to the village and museum to be prepared for display and photo opportunities.

Brendan Bowers, event coordinator for Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, said the theme for the parade was Enchantment Under the Sea and people had until Friday, August 10, to enter by filling in an expression of interest form on the website.

He said the Fraser Coast Chronicle Whale Parade and Concert would also include live entertainment, carnival rides, market and food stalls, fireworks and a WetSide light show.

Mr Bowers said the concert, starting at 2pm and ending at 8.30pm, would feature children’s entertainer Marc the Joyologist, solo artist Leonie Kingdom and central Queensland band Phineas Q.

The parade would begin at Frank St in Scarness at 6pm and finish at the Seafront Oval in Pialba about 7pm ahead of the announcement of the parade category winners at 8.20pm.

The event is part of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, presented in partnership with USC.

The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, supports the festival which features on the It’s Live! In Queensland calendar. Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations, and life is beautiful one day, perfect the next.

The ocean festival also includes a free public lecture by a USC marine conservationist about the impact of rubbish on sea life on August 10, the Fraser Coast Kite Karnival and Coast Pop Up Sunset Pier Party on August 11, Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on August 12 and the Paddle Out for Whales in Torquay on August 19.

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