Event Program Released

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The countdown to Ballina Prawn Festival is well and truly on, and we're excited to release this year's full program.  

You can now plan out your perfect Ballina Prawn Festival day, this way you'll not miss out on your favourite Ballina Prawn festival event.

Some of the highlights this year are the Prawn Shelling Competition, with heats throughout the day and the final at 4.00pm.  Our raft builders will start making their very floaty rafts at 11.15am, with the races starting at 3.00pm.  The Fair Go skate competition will be going all day, with the presentation of the winners and prizes at 6.00pm

At 8.30pm we have the always spectacular and exciting Macadamia Castle Fireworks, followed by Busby Marou at 8.45pm to close out the festival.


2017 Festival Program

10:00 Gates Open
10:20 Kids - Animal Show
10:30 Raft Build Safety Briefing
10:30 Prawn Shelling Comp - Heat 1
10:45 Boat Parade
11:00 Minute of Silence - Stopping of Boat Parade at Spit
11:05 Boat Parade
11:15 Raft Build begins
11:30 Sandcastle Building Comp 
11:30 My Nightingale - duo (MUSIC)
11:30 Prawn Shelling Comp - Heat 2

12:30 Prawn Shelling Comp - Heat 3
1:00 Kids - Animal Show
1:15 Raft Build moves to the Beach
1:30 Prawn Shelling Comp - Heat 4
1:30 The Long Johns (MUSIC)

2:30 Raft Race Safety Briefing
3:00 Raft Race Heats begin
3:00 Bearfoot (MUSIC)
3:30 Prawn Dish judging by Steven Snow
4:00 Prawn Shelling Comp - Final
4:30 Presentations for Prawn Shelling, Raft Build and Race, Prawn Dish Comp (15min)
5:00 The Wharves (MUSIC)
6:00 Presentations for Skate Competition (30min) 
6:30 Vaudville Smash (MUSIC)
8:30 The Macadamia Castle Fireworks
8:45 Busby Marou (MUSIC)

10:00 Festival Close


  • Pop up Prawn Games
  • Mascot appearances
  • Amusement Rides
  • Skate Competition
  • Macadamia Castle Train Rides 
Cristy Houghton