Orange here, orange there, we’re seeing orange everywhere – and do you know what that means? It means it’s time to get stuck in to some silly fun with family and friends at this Easter Weekend’s much anticipated Sedgefield Slow Festival which has been marked over the past few weeks with residents dressing up themselves, their pets, houses and businesses in celebration of “Orange Thursdays.”
Ever evolving, this quirky festival packs in the fun every year with a growing calendar of wacky events – barefooted bowling, a fashion show featuring recycled attire and a Street Parade with a difference – that express the light-hearted spirit of Sedgefield locals who like to savour life the “slow” way while taking good care of the beautiful environment they live in.
Johan van Schalkwyk, Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager, says he’s looking forward to taking it all in. “Needless to say the pressure is on to “represent” with the most outlandishly orange outfit I can come up with, but I’d say I’ve got it easier with my feet on solid ground compared to the brave individuals taking part in the ‘Anything that Floats’ competition!”
The ‘Adcock Ingram Anything That Floats’ competition on Saturday 19 April is one of the most popular events during the Festival, providing comic relief to all the bystanders who get a good chuckle watching their not-so-victorious neighbours emerge smiling but slightly soggy from the water.
It’s all in good fun says Slow Festival organiser, Amanda Dixon. “Sedge is a small town and we locals have watched one another prepare floats for the event over the past few months. It’s great to see people put their ‘orange’ thinking caps on and come out with some truly original creations. Whether or not they turn out to be seaworthy is a different story!”
Amanda continues, “But watercraft will not be the only floats in town this weekend – the annual Easter Sunday Parade will be ‘new and improved’ featuring more floats from local businesses who are upping the ante with land-based creations meant solely for cruising down Main Street.”
The Sedgefield Slow Festival is organised by Amanda and a team of local volunteers who give of their time to make it all happen. This weekend the festival will offer 29 events over 3 days like the Spar Goukamma Traverse presented by Vivobarefoot, the Slow Festival Drive-in Movies, Dog Walk, Talk & Show brought to you by Simply Pets, a Family Fun Run, the PiliPili Beerpong Competition, a new Braai Master Challenge, as well as the Bunny Beach Fling, Sand Sculpting Challenge, and the Sotheby’s Slow Biking Competition.
Amanda adds, “There are so many new events this year it is impossible to list them all, but more information is available on our website and Facebook page.”
To see the full Sedgefield Slow Festival programme, visit www.slowfestival.co.za. For more information, phone Knysna Tourism at 044 382 5510, or visit www.knysnatourism.co.za.
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Knysna Tourism is the City of Knysna’s official regional tourism organisation, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services for Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds. For information, contact our Visitor Information Centre on 044 382 5510.