AFTER a couple of bumpy years, it looks like Tunarama Festival is back on track.
The Tunarama Ambassador Quest in particular has needed a bit of a make-over, or perhaps it was the community that needed to be reminded of its importance – either way it is great to see a really healthy number of entrants participating for 2019.
In 2017 the quest was down to just one entrant by the time the festival rolled around so to have seven entrants ready to take on the task and vie for the ambassador title must mean the committee is doing something right.
A big part of the festival's future approach has been to incorporate the whole region into the festival, so it's great to also have entrants from outside the Port Lincoln city limits a part of it this year.
Having more than a handful of entrants in the quest is not only a good sign of how this particular part of the festival is travelling, it is also a sign of the support from the community as it means seven local businesses have also come on board to support the entrants.
The flow on affect from this means more local charities and not-for-profits will benefit from the entrant's fundraising efforts.
Last year's entrants raised about $50,000 contributing to the continuation of local programs and services the community might otherwise have to go without.
And it is not an easy task, when the entrants are sashed next month is when the real work will begin.
Entrants will spend months organising fundraising events, attending meetings and community events and it can be a steep learning curve for some – but as past entrants have said, it is always worth the effort.
This year Chantelle Lock – the 2018 Tunarama Ambassador – is also coordinating the quest which shows how far she has come since signing up in 2017.
She says in today's story on page two that the quest is getting a lot of interest and this is probably because the opportunities it offers entrants are unrivaled.
Hopefully the increase in interest in the quest translates to an increase of support for the festival across the board which does seem like it might be the case.
The committee is actively taking on the community's feedback and looking for support which goes a long way in making Tunarama not only the longest running festival in SA but also one the region can be proud of.