Heroes parade announced at North Haven Reserve for Camden Haven Festival in July

PARADE ANNOUNCED: NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Fire and Rescue personnel at work during the floods.
PARADE ANNOUNCED: NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Fire and Rescue personnel at work during the floods.

Momentum is building for the Camden Haven Festival in July with special recognition announced for emergency services in the region.

The inaugural festival will be hosted by the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and community groups from noon to 6pm on Saturday, July 10.

It will feature live music, artwork displays, demonstrations, food, kids activities and fireworks along the North Haven foreshore.

The festival will also incorporate a Heroes Parade from Pioneer Street to Club North Haven reserve and the North Haven on Ice event at the North Haven Club from June 23 to July 11.

Event committee member and Chamber of Commerce project officer Tahshi Payne said the festival is a celebration of the community spirit surviving through drought, fires, COVID and flood.

"We are wanting to bring the community together after the year we have had. The festival was originally meant to be held last year to bring the community together after the fires," Miss Payne said.

"We are holding a heroes parade at the start of the festival to celebrate all the services such as SES, Marine Rescue, police and fire fighters who have been involved over the last year. It's a real celebration and thank you."

The festival has received a $10,000 grant from the NSW government's $1 million Regional Event Fund and $30,000 from the NSW government in association with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council as a part of the Disaster Recovery Funding allocation.

The event will coincide with the Elephant Trail Race scheduled to be held at Cairncross State Forest over the July 9 to 11 weekend.

"All of the local businesses are on board and will be open on the day. A lot of the committee are business owners and members of the public in the Camden Haven," Miss Payne said.

"We have had some support from local and the state government. We want it to be a great day out full of festivities.

"It's a free event and we are expecting about 3000 people to attend. We are hoping to hold it for every year from now on."

Organisers are seeking sponsors and volunteers to help make the event a great success. For more information email camdenhavenfest@gmail.com or complete registration forms at camdenhavenfestival.org.au