On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, La Choza Chula hosted a community festival in El Paredón, with surfing, football, activities and so much more. The aim of the festival was to raise money for the library, putting it all towards our crowd funding campaign, as well as raising awareness about La Choza Chula to wider audience.
The festival began at 07:00 with the Surf Competition. We kicked off with five categories in 18+, 14-17, -14, girls and the Legends. Despite some varying conditions, the competitors were putting in some incredible performances with all the heats tight throughout. There were 4 heats for the first two rounds, then 3 finals for the girls, under 14s and legends round. The over 18’s and the 14-17 carried on to the second day, with two semi-finals before the final. The results were as follows:
Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to Todd, Rafa, Chuck and Charlie for judging the competition.
Once the surfing was finished the day moved into a community festival in the Turtle Farm. There was a variety of different stalls that people could visit, run by volunteers from the community and travellers passing by. We had an art table, tombola, food stalls, ball games, balloon making with Danny, fishing, races and much more. It was a great success with a great number of the community coming out, especially to have a go on the tombola!
Finally we had the football tournament, 8 teams competing in quarter finals on Saturday and the semis and final on Sunday. In the end it came down to penalties with Los Tigres beating Los Vacos Locos. It was hotly contested throughout with our very own Choza Chula team narrowly missing out on a place in the final!
The whole event was brilliant fun with a huge turn out and over $200 raised for the library. Thanks to everyone who helped out to make it happen!