It was the 'best ever'
Last Sunday's Rivafest in the Ballina CBD was the 'best ever'.
The comments came from many of the members of the more than 40 community groups and businesses who took part in the annual celebration in Fawcett Park.
And in an informal workshop on Monday night, the Ballina Shire councillors also applauded this year's event, which is organised by council.
Mayor Cr Phillip Silver said the feedback 'was that everybody was delighted'.
"It was the best one ever," he said.
"And the (Ballina Shire Council) staff and volunteers worked exceptionally well.
"The feeling of good-will and harmony at the time of the fireworks was particularly amazing."
It is estimated well over 10,000 people attended the event, which is in its third year under the current name.
With the theme, the Riva of Life, Ballina's CBD came to life as the people poured in.
There was a steady crowd at the Fawcett Park during the whole day, with the park bulging during the lunchtime period as the ducks set sail in the annual Rotary Duck Race and for the spectacular fire show later in the evening, which included a parade of vessels rigged with colourful lanterns.
And with food, fun, fine weather, fine music and the fire show, there was plenty to keep the crowd occupied.