IT might not have the glitz and glamour of bigger festivals such as the Festival of the Friendly North.
But the Seaqaqa Festival is certainly a community affair.
With about 4000 people from all walks of life attending the festival's grand opening on Wednesday night, the cold breeze did not deter their spirits to be part of the event.
Hundreds of children waited in queues, braving the cold and shivering in anticipation while they waited for their turn on the Ferris wheels and other amusement rides. s
During the first night, stall owners reaped the benefits of the huge turnout with record sales and smiles.
Festival co-ordinator Mohammed Aruf Khan said the four-day event was basically organised to raise more funds for the construction of a double-storey building in the school premises.
He said their aim was to provide a well-structured facility to help the students of Seaqaqa in their studies.
"We have decided to organise the festival after a lapse of five years because this is another way of getting more money for our project," Mr Khan said.
"We are so happy about the large turnout here on the first night of the carnival and this is a clear indication of how people in this district are fully supporting the education of their children.
"We hope that the crowd increases each night because this carnival is for a worthy cause. The proposed project will benefit our children."
Mr Khan said they aimed to raise about $100,000.
The theme on Wednesday night was iTaukei night and the chief guest was the Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.
The festival ends tomorrow night.