It is a pun Fest. Portarlington, Victoria, is flexing its mussels. GoSee is discussing the annual Mussel Festival which GoSee had some difficulty in reaching because of record interest.
We left Geelong around 11.30 am and got stuck in a traffic jam 12kms out of Portarlington. An estimated 30,000 people turned up on a perfect January 12 summer day. Entry was by gold coin donation.
The festival is run by more than 200 volunteers. The local Geelong www.Advertiser.com.au reports that about 6.5 tonnes of the musculer molluscs were sold. Event president Dick Underwood described it as a great success.
So understandably the Bellarine Peninsula is pumping iron so to speak.
The festival reflects the importance of the mussel industry to the economy of the town. It started with a handful of mussel farmers in 1982. Most commonly grown are the tasty blue mussels which are sweet in flavour, high in protein and low in fat.
It is also of great interest to GoSee that Hayman Reese was at the Mussel Festival with their associated company Thetford.
As many GoSeers will know Hayman Reese and Thetford are part of the Cequent group of companies and as GoSee has been proud to acknowledge over the years they are among our valued sponsors and a big part of the reason GoSeeAustralia remains free to users.
To some extent GoSee went to the Mussel Festival out of curiousity when we heard that Hayman Reese and Thetford were participating. The 30,000 roll-up vindicates the business decision and when we saw an old friend, the Hayman Reese Towing Solutions Nissan tow tug ute with a serious half-cab offshore boat behind our questions were answered.
Hayman Reese is working to build its presence in the boating towing and related accessories market. Thetford was at Portarlington with their full range of toilets and chemicals to lend support.
The V6 Nissan Hayman Reese Towing Solutions ute was tow tug for a TABS 640 mounted on a Dunbier dual-axle Rollamatic trailer. The TABS 640 is a tough mother of an offshore fishing rig with a high, dryfreeboard. The aluminium plate construction of the TABS range is 5mm 5083 high tensile plate with 65mm high stringers and a 10mm thick 100mm high keel backbone.
It weighs in at about 2200kg on the trailer and is fired into action with a 175hp OptiMax (Mercury) outboard. The rig is a serious showcase for Hayman Reese towing aids.
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