VICTOR HARBOR – The Encounter Celebrations Festival will be held on April 7, 8 and 9 with the main event taking place at Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor on the Saturday.
The weekend's activities will begin on Friday evening at the Encounter It All event at the Causeway with the Visitor Information Centre conducting story telling sessions on Trim, the cat owned by Captain Flinders.
There will also be horse tram rides, guided tours of Granite Island and the SA Whale Centre displays. The public is welcome to attend all the events and entry is by a gold coin donation.
Saturday's festival hosted by Dean Bird, will begin at 9.30am and will feature dancers, singers, live bands, market and community stalls, as well as a collection of British and French cars.
The day’s entertainment will include traditional indigenous dance groups led by Uncle Moogy, the Victor Harbor Town Band, Acoustic Highway rock group, French solo artist Georgia Darcy and indigenous singer Leonie McCallum. Members of U3A (South Coast) French class will perform a medley of songs both in French and English and a number of British and French classic cars will be on display.
The public is invited to dress in period or nautical themed costumes and cash prizes will be awarded for the best outfit. Ocean Street traders will be encouraged to dress up their shop windows with a prize for best window display. Cash prizes will be presented for the school's competition that has been run in conjunction of the event.
At 4pm the formal commemorative flag raising ceremony that marks the historical meeting of Captain Matthew Flinders and Captain Nicolas Baudin will take place on the reserve.
These two explorers met on April 8, 1802.
A dinner will be held at McCracken Country Club on the Saturday night with live music, including speakers Dr Gillian Dooley from Flinders University and Kevin Jones from the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide.
The flag lowering ceremony will take place on Sunday morning at 8am on Warland Reserve. For more information visit www.encountercelebration.org