Spring into Corrimal: this could be our last chance to experience the iconic festival as know it

End of an era: This Sunday is likely to be the last time the Wollongong community and up to 60,000 visitors get to see a street scene like this at Spring into Corrimal.
End of an era: This Sunday is likely to be the last time the Wollongong community and up to 60,000 visitors get to see a street scene like this at Spring into Corrimal.

This Sunday may be the last chance to see Spring Street in Corrimal before the largest one-day free festival in the state is forced to relocate to nearby parkland.

A packed program has again been organised by Paul Boultwood and a committee of volunteers who have retained their humour and positivity despite the challenges they have faced with security this year.

After 37 years Mr Boultwood said Sunday’s event presented by Corrimal Chamber of Commerce and Corrimal RSL will be the last Spring into Corrimal it in its present format.

Bearing up: Paul Boultwood has been bearing a lot more stress this year as the chairperson of the Spring into Corrimal organising committee but is confident 2018 will be the best festival yet. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Bearing up: Paul Boultwood has been bearing a lot more stress this year as the chairperson of the Spring into Corrimal organising committee but is confident 2018 will be the best festival yet. Picture: Greg Ellis.

“If we are going to go, we will be going out in style”.

The day starts at 9am with a Build a Bear Workshop in Lederer Shopping Centre where 500 bears will be given away for free to the first who arrive. There are 250 market stalls registered this year.

One of the big highlights happens early in the day. The Cossies R Us Grand Street Parade with 800 entrants starts at 10am from Short St and proceeds down the Princes Hwy before finishing in Collins St.

Mr Boultwood said there are family rides at the Lederer Corrimal Short St carpark and Wollongong City Council’s Car Boot Sale will take place at Corrimal RSL carpark. The main stage and an international food arena will be located in Memorial Park.

Keep it going: Keira MP Ryan Park hopes this won't be the last Spring into Corrimal which is such a great event for children, families and visitors to Wollongong. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Keep it going: Keira MP Ryan Park hopes this won't be the last Spring into Corrimal which is such a great event for children, families and visitors to Wollongong. Picture: Greg Ellis.

A full program can be found at www.springintocorrimal.com.au.

Highlights include Uniting hosting Inclusive Way located in Russell St. It provides a helping hand to those life has thrown a curve ball.

Within the same precinct the Roller Hawks Wheelchair Basketball team will be having a display where people can try wheelchair basketball.

The Ability Artists Art Exhibition is being held at Underwood Centre.

With up to 60,000 people expected to attend the annual event on Sunday the Keiraville branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) is collecting drought relief funds.

Branch president Lyne Haynes said the CWA ladies will be conducting a sales stall as well as an approved bucket collection to raise money for drought relief.

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