Bucks spark bang

Donor builds Bright Spring Fes­ti­val’s fire­works spec­tac­u­lar

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

THIS year’s Bright Spring Fes­ti­val ‘Grand Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar’ is set to be big­ger and bet­ter thanks to one per­son’s gen­eros­ity.

A sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from an anony­mous donor has al­lowed or­gan­is­ers to dou­ble the bud­get for the next two fes­ti­val fire­work dis­plays.

Fes­ti­val pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Ros Hol­land said peo­ple could ex­pect the best light and sound show they’ve ever seen as part of the 18-day cel­e­bra­tion which opens on Oc­to­ber 21.

“The fire­works this year are go­ing to be ex­traor­di­nary,” she said.

“We’ll be spend­ing twice as much as we usu­ally do to make the dis­play even more in­cred­i­ble.

“We are re­ally grate­ful and just amazed for some­one to come out of the wood­work and say I’m go­ing to give you a huge amount of money and I want the fire­works to be twice as big as usual.

“They ap­proached one of our com­mit­tee mem­bers a cou­ple of months ago and said they will do­nate the same amount next year, too.”

Mar­shall Fire­works will again be re­spon­si­ble for the py­rotech­nic dis­play which has be­come the main at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The ‘Grand Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar’ takes place at Pi­o­neer Park on Novem­ber 4 where fes­ti­val-go­ers can also en­joy fair­ground rides, live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment and plenty of food and drink.

The Spring Fes­ti­val kicks off with the ‘Make It, Bake It, Grow It’ mar­ket while the stun­ning Open Gar­dens and the Wandiligong Hall Spring Craft and Pro­duce Mar­ket will also be un­der­way.

Three new events this year in­clude a flea mar­ket on Oc­to­ber 28, the spring ‘Is­tameet’ – for In­sta­gram­mers – on Novem­ber 4 and the Bright Art Walk which will see busi­nesses dis­play­ing the work of lo­cal artists and crafts­peo­ple through­out the fes­ti­val.

“Spring is the time of year when the area is at its awak­en­ing best, and like au­tumn it’s just stun­ningly gor­geous,” Ms Hol­land said.

“We think we’ve added some great new ac­tiv­i­ties to the pro­gram with lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Jean Pierre-Ronco, who just joined the com­mit­tee, re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing two of the new events.

“It’s great when you have peo­ple like that come on-board and bring new fresh ideas.”

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