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A fabulous fun day out with heaps of entertainment
Summer is here and with it, the hot weather and Adelaide has already sweltered in several heat waves. In order to cool down, and also to compete and just have fun, why not enter the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic?

This is South Australia's largest open water swim and street festival and is held on the first Sunday in February annually since 2006. It generally attracts competitors in excess of 1,000 entries for the 1,500m and 400m swims and this year there is a new addition - the Banana Boat SwimKids Series. This will be an event for anyone from 7 years of age and upwards and it will be on 3rd February.

This whole event is not just a swim, however, as there is going to be far more entertaining, market stalls and activities for all!

Stay for a full fun day!

Even the Esplanade will close to traffic on the day and the area will come alive with this exciting event and the Jetty Classic Street Festival.

This year the Brighton Jetty Classic Street festival will be on Saturday 2nd as well as the Sunday, with the main stage set up in front of the Brighton Surf Club, Live music, surf carnival, entertainment, street food and of course the Brighton jetty sculptures will be on display for a fun day at the beach.

Sunday will start at 7.30 am with egg and bacon breakfasts and a Surf Boat Carnival, the Brighton Jetty Classic Street Festival, music, entertainment, arts, TV personalities, sculptures, and market stalls.

Some of the food that will be available on the day include:

Fairy floss
Organic juice
Egg and bacon roll
Sausages sizzle
Gourmet pork sliders
Seafood basket
Strawberries and cream

Huge choice of food

There is something for everybody among the festival's street vendors and food trucks, as well as the great local cafes and the Esplanade Hotel. You can buy your food, laze on the beach, dunk in the water and so much more!

And then, when you have finished eating make sure you wander through the market stalls where you will see heaps of great items including sporting and swimwear, jewellery, arts and more.

The main stage will be buzzing with sounds on Sunday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. There will be an undercover marquee to protect you from the harsh sun and an adjacent life-saving clubhouse bar.

You will be able to dance, sing, and listen to a whole lineup of live bands, Also DJs, fashion parades and performers through the morning and all the way into the afternoon.

Channel 7 TV personalities from Home and Away will also be on the stage at noon on Sunday, so make sure to get a selfie and an autograph afterwards!

The Swims
In the water, the blue ribbon events are the elite 1,500m Brighton Jetty Classic and the City of Holdfast 400m invitational fast lap with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

The Invitational Swim

There will also be prizes in each of the age group swims in both the 1,500m and 400m swim waves.

The addition of the Banana Boat SwimKids swims for the younger 7-12-year-olds allows more of the family to get involved in the events and enjoy the open water swimming.

And as well as all the above swims, there is the crowd favourite Marilyn Jetty Swim, which has raised over $250,000 for the Cancer Council of SA.

Last year's winners of the Marilyn Jetty Swim!

The 2019 online entry fee for all 400m and 1500m swims is $35
The 2019 late online entry fee for all 400m and 1500m swims is $50
The 2019 late entry (on the day) fee for all 400m and 1500m swims is $50

There is a Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic goody bag included with 1500m and 400m entry.

The 2019 entry fee for the Banana Boat SwimKids Series for all distances is $20. The late entry online and on the day is $25.

Banana Boat SwimKids finishers medal and swiarepack is included with Swimkids entry.

You can read more about the events and buy commemorative 2019 7BJC T-shirt at this link.

If you want to register to go in a swim, you can do so at this link.

A wonderful part of the Chanel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic is the viewing of the Brighton Jetty Sculptures. The swim day will be the final day of viewing this sculptures exhibition, which is open to the public for the two weeks prior to the event.

In 2008, the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures event was started and incorporated as the lead up to the swim. This gave an added interest by bringing art and class to this already lovely place and this has been a popular event ever since then!

You can vote in the peoples choice award for the best indoor and outdoor sculptures, so make sure you do not miss this part of the day.

Brighton Surf Club
This event is organised by the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, with the support of their sponsors and corporate partners. The Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic is the major fundraiser for the year, ensuring the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club can go on and provide the community services that it has become known for. These funds will also help to maintain and buy vital capital equipment.

The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club is a not for profit organisation and is run by volunteers. They have been and will continue to provide essential community and surf life-saving services for Brighton.

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Why? For a fun day and swimming competitions
When: 2nd and 3rd February 2019
Where: The Esplanade, 147 The Esplanade, Adelaide, SA, 5048
Cost: Varies, see article
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