Our Tenth annual Rock ‘n’ Rodder’s Festival was a real blast. We couldn’t have hoped for a better turn out, better weather, or a better time.

Although many arrived in Merimbula a few days earlier, the event kicked off with a meet & greet dance on Thursday night at Club Sapphire. Friday was pretty much check in day and the Friday night dance was chock-a block-with DJ Antony and Shadoogie belting out the 50’s music to a capacity dance floor!

Saturday morning kicked off with a morning cruise to the local Historical Vehicle Club and a tour of the clubhouse, workshop and member’s museum. This included an inspiring verbal presentation by Peter Learmont, in the Learmont Pavilion that housed part of his massive car collection. I am sure many rodders left there wondering how they could get their hands on some of those tin treasures.

After the tour, we crossed over the Princes Highway to our local 50’s Diner for lunch. The Settler’s Cottage 50s Diner is home to the Merimbula Rock ‘n’ Rodders Club monthly lunch cruise and social dancing. The menu comprises of 50’s fare such as Dodge burgers, Cadillac Dogs, Desoto burgers, Ford burgers and Pontiac wraps. After lunch, some opted for a scenic cruise through our spectacular surrounds, others headed back to the Bowling Club for dance workshops.

Saturday night was our Gala dance night with my band Shadoogie and Melbourne band, The Honky Tonk Rockers sharing the stage in the main auditorium, with DJ Antony and the Fender Benders from Melbourne belting out the tunes in the upstairs function room. Sunday’s Show & Shine combined with a massive local Food Festival and the ever popular Pambula Market.

You would reckon that everyone would have been pretty well stuffed by Sunday evening, but the party mode exceeded our geriatric wows and everyone jam packed the main function room again for our Farewell Dinner Dance. It was a fantastic and emotional night with great food, Dance comps, Championship Dance demonstrations and two great Melbourne bands pumping out hits of the 50s. A memorable jam by my original band members from Magnum from the 60’s, brought the house down at the end of the evening.

Lyndon Lewis,Sapphire Coast Rock ‘n’ Roll, Merimbula Rock ‘n’ Rodder’s Club Inc.