Mollymook Beach will be a hive of activity on Sunday for the district’s Australia Day Festival.
From 9am the Mollymook Beach Reserve will play host to 110 market stalls, children’s rides and community displays as well as a new citizenship ceremony, Times Youth Music Scholarship competition and, of course, the announcement of the Ulladulla Milton Lion's Australia Day Citizenship Awards.
Festival coordinator Greg Best is encouraging families to celebrate Australia Day alongside one of the country’s most spectacular beaches.
He said a full day of free family entertainment has been organised from 9am until 2.30pm.
The activities will kick off with a Welcome to Country by Murramarang Aboriginal elder Fred Carriage, followed by a flag raising ceremony conducted by members of the National Servicemen’s Association.
An exhibition by the local dog training club will provide plenty of action before the eight finalists in the Times Youth Music Scholarship hit the stage at 10am.
Festival goers can sit in the shade and enjoy listening to talented young musicians as they vie for a total of $3,500 prize money.
Mr Best said the popular Lions Club Beach Markets offered plenty of shopping delights throughout the day as well as a range of food and refreshments from the Lions catering vans.
A highlight of the day’s celebrations will be the announcement of the three Citizenship Awards at 11.45am.
Awards will be presented to the citizen and young citizen who have contributed to the local community throughout the past year as well as an organisation that has made a significant difference in the community.
Two new citizens will be officially welcomed by Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash during a ceremony at 1.10pm, before the music scholarship winners are announced at 2.05pm.
The event will once again be compered by Sean Hendry, who will introduce the festival ambassador, mountaineer Andrew Lock.
Mr Best said the day was always fun-filled, with the beach nearby offering a chance to cool off.
“The Milton Ulladulla Vintage and Classic Car Club will be presenting around 50 vintage and classic cars for those lovers of real transport,” he said, “and other displays will include the emergency services, dog training, animal welfare, and model trains.
“The Rotary Jumping Castle and the Lions merry-go-round will be operating for the youngsters as well,” he said.
Throughout the day there will also be performances by some members the Glorious MUDsingers choir, the Richardson family and a piano recital by Brianna Laird, last year’s Youth Music Scholarship winner.
The Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club continues to host the Australia Festival at Mollymook and Mr Best said plans were in the pipeline for some new events to be added to the 2015 program.