A new-look Shoalhaven River Festival committee will adapt to ensure the event survives, and thrives into the future.
What was formerly a two-day event will be squeezed into one day of action by the river.
Newly-appointed chairperson Elise Austin is optimistic about the event, planned for Saturday, October 27.
“It’s been moving in that direction, towards a one-day event,” Mrs Austin said.
“We simply don’t have enough volunteers to run a two-day festival.
“It’ll be a jam-packed day, and we’ll finish on a high with the fireworks.”
The parade, which draws a crowd to Nowra’s CBD, is also up for debate.
“We’re not sure if it will go ahead,” she said.
“We want to know from local businesses whether or not the parade is worthwhile, as it does take people away from the river.”
Mrs Austin said while the committee does have enough members to operate, they would love more volunteers.
“It’s incredible walking around on the day, watching people enjoying themselves by the river knowing you helped to make it happen,” she said.
“There’s nothing else like it.
“It would be great to have people on board with fresh ideas.”
The committee unanimously voted against a name change.
Rebranding the festival would come at a significant cost, and they’re happy with the name as is.
“We think it’s quite well known, it would be a shame to change it,” Mrs Austin said.
They’re inviting local bands to play at the event, which attracts thousands to the riverside in spring.
If you would like to join the team, the committee will meet at the Magnolia Room at the Bomaderry Bowling Club on May 15 at 5.30pm.
All are welcome to join.