With perfect weather, a large crowd attended the Encounter Celebration Festival on Warland Reserve Victor Harbor on Sunday, April 14. The annual festival commemorates the historical meeting of Captain Matthew Flinders and Captain Nicolas Baudin in the Encounter waters in April 1802.
Mayor of the City of Victor Harbor Moira Jenkins officially opened the event and told the gathering that the meeting between the two captains was noble and inspiring.
"In many ways it is a reflection of the inclusitvity and multiculturalism that is prevalent within the Australian Society today," she said.
"The City of Victor Harbor is proud to support this event which raises awareness of one of Australia's most significant maritime events."
The official opening was followed by 'Welcome to Country' performed by local Ngarrindjeri singer Leonie McCallum.
The day's event was emceed by popular entertainer Dean Bird, who also performed on stage as well as singer Maggie O'Moore, the Panache singing group, Greg Coombs from Slow Roasted Beats and the Southern Coast Guitar Ensemble.
In the afternoon Matt and the Maniacs band took to the stage, while around the grounds children were entertained by the spectacular bubble show 'Mr Oopy and his amazing bubbles'.
Market stalls sold delicious food, produce, craft and other items while a large contingent of French and British cars were on display on the Reserve throughout the day.
Chair of the Encounter Celebration Festival committee Graham Philp said the day was a great success with larger than expected crowds right throughout the day and he believed that it will grow even bigger as both locals and tourists embrace the true meaning of the day.
"This day is celebrating one of the most significant moments in the history of Australia. We want to preserve the history and promote the 'Encounter' that took place in our region and highlight the importance of the charting of that final piece of coastline back in 1802," he said.
Students from local schools who were winners of a competition organised by the Encounter Celebrations committee were presented with cash prizes on the day.
If you would like to join the Encounter Celebrations Committee contact Graham Philp on 0418 851 311 and the public is welcome to attend the AGM at the Christian Gospel Centre on Monday, May 13 at 7pm.
For more information on other events being held by the Encounter Celebration committee, visit www.encountercelebration.org