I’ve been swilling an idea around in my head for nearly a couple of years now & in all honesty I still haven’t had that ‘ah-ha’ moment when the answer ties it all together & makes all the working parts fit but, I thought while I’m getting a chance to do some blogging – I’ll just pop this idea out there & perhaps that might jolt something into life.
Initially I was searching for an idea to extend our visitors stay when they were here for Oysterfest. A reason for them to stick around and spend a day here & a day there exploring the area. Something like another event on a neighbouring weekend, either before or after the Oysterfest.
Almost immediately Coorabie Farm popped into my mind, although I’ve never been there & don’t know what’s there, it just arrived in my mind as a location for some reason. Almost simultaneously a country music festival came to mind, I don’t know, I guess it just suited or something? And it was indeed perhaps something that some would hang around another week for, or even come to Oysterfest because they were coming for the Country Music show.
There can be all sorts of other bonuses also in that the artists could already be around to work in with Oysterfest & in the week between professional songwriters & buddy artists could fly in to study with the headliners bringing even more artists to both festivals, more visitors & so on. Add in a reason to be here like official awards, perhaps a camp oven or clambake type cooking competitions (not necessarily all about clams by the way, but like an outdoor cook up usually involving some seafood) – anyhooz, you get the idea. All, potentially easing the the Oysterfest purse a little too.
But here’s where I’m stuck …
Ultimately I would have favoured the weekend prior to Oysterfest but that cannot be considered due to Mildura Country Music Festival, not only are alot of your potential audience going to be there but so are your artists. But nevermind, wouldn’t it work in our favour to have that demographic already on the roll where they could then roll right along to us for the next country music gathering? Yes! If it worked like that I would be very confident that they could roll into Oysterfest & occupy themselves with some fishing, relaxing & exploring for a couple of days as they meander up to Coorabie.
The things I don’t like about it are – first of all Mildura goes from the weekend before & also right through the weekend of Oysterfest, so those people won’t make Oysterfest. Ok! Well if they wanted to make the Oysterfest they could pull up from Mildura a little early, if not then they just miss that & come over for the Country Music. Perhaps they like Country more than they like oysters, & that’s ok too. Ah yes but there’s another snag …
The end of school holidays.
There’s a problem with the weekend after Oysterfest too because not only is this the last weekend of holidays for SA, NSW & NT but Coorabie’s closest neighbouring state WA returned to school the week prior as did QLD & VIC. Does this matter? Does this really concern families with school age children? I’m not sure but it just doesn’t all ‘gel’ for me yet.
Also; by Oysterfest the whales are gone & most of the seasonal extras (tours etc.) that occur along The Nullarbor have ceased. I would certainly prefer the visitors who make the pilgrimage, to such a festival in such a unique place, be able to take in all that it has to offer while they’re there, as in seeing the whales, aerial scenic flights & boat tours etc. oh and the weather is not predictably great either being so close to ‘Blow.vember’.
So that’s where I’m upto with that. Perhaps this event isn’t the answer to extending our Oysterfest visitors stay but maybe it’s a seperate reason to come here at a nicer time of year like prior to term one, or like I said earlier, preferably during whale watching season.
Coorabie Country for a Great Australian Bight of County, has a ring to it – if only that was all it needed.
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