Locals and visitors had a whale of a time

Eden Public School float : The street parade was the number one event of the Whale Festival
Eden Public School float : The street parade was the number one event of the Whale Festival

The survey results of this year's Eden Whale Festival have been released, with organisers saying the annual event is proving to be a highlight with not only the locals, but with people from further afield.

Eden Whale Festival committee member Shannon Woloshyn said forty percent of the responses received were from people who live outside of the Bega Valley.

"The results show that the festival is attracting visitors who may not have otherwise have come to Eden.

"They are spending numerous nights in our area, increasing our economy through shops, accommodation and eateries. This means the festival is having the positive results that it is designed to have." Ms Woloshyn said.

Whale festival goers pour into the Barclay Street Oval grounds.

Whale festival goers pour into the Barclay Street Oval grounds.

According to Ms Woloshyn, the results of the survey, which was conducted during the course of the weekend festival and days following, were "overwhelmingly positive" with the majority of respondents rating the festival as excellent or good.

"The most popular event was the street parade followed by the hot rods and markets,"Ms Woloshyn said

"Bands, school and community groups, food, Rob Bast, kites and Capstan Pull also received great reviews."

The new festival ground location at Barclay Sporting Ovals was also given the thumbs up.

She said the survey was a valuable tool for the committee to understand what is working well and where improvements are needed. And it offered useful data for future planning and grant writing as well as providing insight for the incoming committee.

Hot Rods were a popular feature of this years Whale Festival.

Hot Rods were a popular feature of this years Whale Festival.

"Insight was gained on the festival layout, event signage, seating arrangements, vendor satisfaction and potential future events."

Eden Whale Festival committee will meet at the Eden Fisherman's Club on Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm. All positions are open and the festival requires new members to keep it running.

The meetup is for anyone who wants to participate, including taking an executive role, joining a sub committee or running a fundraiser.