There is the annual Grand
with four wheel drives,
... kids, and Bama - the local Aboriginal people.
There are themed breakfasts, raffles, amusement rides, market stalls, ...
movie, kids activity tents, and lots of fun in Lions Park.
There is lots of fun at the pubs,
... including crab and cane toad races,
... banana, pie,
... and pasta eating
competitions (not allowed to use hands),
... and live music.
are in the
streets, in front of the pubs,
... including the annual Billy Kart Derby, Tug of War, truck pulling, Wet Tshirt and Wet Jock Competition (LOL it was late and I was already in bed but I was laughing loud just hearing the crowds :-).
There are historical walks (Cemetery, Botanical Gardens) and talks (Gold rushes, Chinese), ...
... other speeches, ...
... sea plane and helicopter flights, ...
... gold panning, ...
.. cannon firing, ...
... and fantastic performances by belly dancers as well as by the local Bama Aboriginal People, with some great artwork for body painting.
And of course, the Cooktown Festival fireworks..
But one thing that you won't see anywhere else except at the Cooktown Festival, is the re-enactment.
It starts with the re-enactment of a traditional gathering the way Aboriginal culture was around the time of James Cook's arrival.
Then, James Cook steps into the scene (the whole thing is actually more detailed but here is a short version).
After a while, the traditionally clothed Aboriginals go checking the ship out..
... and find they have a sea turtle onboard, which is Aboriginal food.
They don't like it so there is a confrontation in which Cook's men take their spears.
Captain James Cook later returns the Aboriginal weapons, making peace.
Once the ship is fixed the Cook's crew takes off ...
... and stop at Possession Island to claim eastern Australia for England. (Joseph Banks is putting the flag up)
Cooktown Festival is great, it was one of the better weekends I have lately had.
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