30th an­niver­sary for Bright fes­ti­val

Alpine Observer - - News -

By JUSTIN JENVEY

THE Bright Spring Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate its 30th an­niver­sary this year.

It’s an event that con­tin­ues to draw peo­ple to the town at a time of year when the fresh green leaves re­turn to the trees and bulbs burst into life in spec­tac­u­lar colour.

The Spring Fes­ti­val of­fers three week­ends and two full weeks of events and ac­tiv­i­ties and is run by the Bright and District Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“It’s a great event to bring peo­ple to the town and the re­gion,” Bright Spring Fes­ti­val pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Ros Hol­land said.

“It has cre­ated huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity over the 30 years and show­cases and makes the most of the nat­u­ral beauty of Bright that is not found any­where else in Victoria.”

The two big­gest events of the Spring Fes­ti­val con­tinue to be the Grand Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar (Novem­ber 3) and Ro­tary Mon­ster Mar­ket (Novem­ber 5).

Other events over the course of the 16 days in­clude the Spring Art Walk, spon­sored by the Bright Art Col­lec­tive with ad­di­tional artists in­volved in 2018, and the Red Cross morn­ing tea and stalls on Novem­ber 2.

The Wandi Hall Craft and Pro­duce Fair is held every year with lots of work put in by ded­i­cated res­i­dents of Wandiligong with home­made, home­grown and hand­made food and goods while the Spring Flea Mar­ket in Bright is also hugely suc­cess­ful and will again take place on Oc­to­ber 27.

The lo­cal theatre group, MAD AS Pro­duc­tions will be pre­sent­ing a show called ‘Alice Un­plugged’ while the Bright and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will hold a range of tours, in­for­ma­tion walks around town, and mu­seum open days.

There’ll be tours of the Bright CFA sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 22 and 29, and a tour of the Ovens River with the lo­cal Land­care group on Oc­to­ber 27 - a pop­u­lar event for those in­ter­ested in the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ms Hol­land said a high­light of the Spring Fes­ti­val for many re­mains the open gar­dens that

change and evolve each year.

She said there would be 17 gar­dens for the pub­lic to ex­plore this year.

“All the gar­dens and the ma­jor­ity of ac­tiv­i­ties are put on by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers,” Ms Hol­land said.

“A huge thankyou goes out to the many com­mit­ted gar­den­ers who work hard to get their prop­er­ties look­ing beau­ti­ful for vis­i­tors each year.”

All the events for the Bright Spring Fes­ti­val are listed on the web­site and Face­book page with a full pro­gram to be on­line later this week.

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