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Margaret River SAMM Fest takes over skate park on November 26

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The annual MR SAMM youth festival is on again later this month. Pictured is young skater Indigo Dale.
Camera IconThe annual MR SAMM youth festival is on again later this month. Pictured is young skater Indigo Dale. Credit: Bec Sheedy

The annual youth festival is on again this month starting at 2pm on Saturday, November 26.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s Youth Advisory Council-run SAMM Fest will take up in the youth precinct and skate park “celebrating all things skate, art, music and mental health,” organisers said.

This year’s event features live music by Psycho Serene, Child Kings and other local youth bands, as well as “family-friendly” drag queen performances, a rock-climbing wall, art workshops, photo booth and the chance to learn circus skills.

Mural artist Ian Mutch is also involved in a project to feature on the Zone Room roof.

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Soggy Bones will host a skate competition with prizes, starting at 6pm and continuing through to the close of activities at 7.30pm.

Shire community development trainee James Ransley said the festival was put together “by young people, for young people” with a focus on local talent and wellbeing.

“Along with the talented bands performing and the huge range of fun things to get involved in, SAMM Fest brings young people together and provides access to mental health information in a way that’s engaging, fun, free and accessible,” he said.

“Young people are encouraged to bring their family and friends along to listen to some music, have something to eat, and get involved in the activities.

“There will be food vans on the day as well as a sausage sizzle fundraiser.

“SAMM Fest is an inclusive, drug and alcohol-free event and it’s a great chance to connect and have some fun.”

Youngsters not keen on skating were encouraged to enjoy some music and get involved in the art workshops running during the festival.

To find out more or get involved, contact the Shire team on 9780 5255 or email communitydevelopment@amrshire.wa.gov.au.

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