En­joy the de­lights in a city of lights

Geelong Advertiser - - YOUR SAY -

THIS is the week­end where Gee­long proves to the rest of Aus­tralia that there is much more to our city than foot­ball.

One glance at the cal­en­dar of events this week­end re­veals a bounty of di­verse of­fer­ings for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.

Not the least of these are to­day’s in­au­gu­ral White Night Gee­long event and the first-ever Gee­long stag­ing of the Aus­tralian Su­per­cross Cham­pi­onships.

Or­gan­is­ers have high hopes for both events, es­ti­mat­ing around 100,000 peo­ple to flock to the CBD for the White Night fes­tiv­i­ties and an­other 10,000 to crowd Kar­dinia Park to watch the su­per­cross ac­tion.

Those crowds will be boosted by the 150 cars rolling into town tonight to raise aware­ness for MND as part of the Dani­her’s Drive fundraiser. Even the weather is play­ing its part with a fine 23C fore­cast.

In­deed, it would be dis­ap­point­ing if the turnout was any­thing less, par­tic­u­larly given to­day’s two ma­jor draw­cards came about as a di­rect re­sult of com­mu­nity lob­by­ing for new lo­cal ma­jor events.

The ap­peal to host a White Night event came to promi­nence in 2015 when it was first raised by Lara MP John Eren. Af­ter sev­eral suc­cess­ful stag­ings of the White Night con­cept — first in Mel­bourne then sub­se­quently in Bal­larat and Bendigo — tonight is our chance to show­case the beauty within our CBD.

Sim­i­larly, it is a chance to an­swer the many calls to use Kar­dinia Park and its show­piece sta­dium for more events out­side of the AFL sea­son, with some of Aus­tralia’s top Su­per­cross rid­ers ply­ing their trade on an al­most un­recog­nis­able sta­dium turf.

We know this is a re­gion rich in cul­ture and di­ver­sity. To­day is the day we prove it to the rest of the na­tion.

Whether it be White Night, the Su­per­cross, Birregurra Fes­ti­val, Dani­her’s Drive, Sch­nauzer­fest, Canola Flow­er­ing Fes­ti­val or any of the other events sched­uled across our re­gion this week­end, make sure you get out and en­joy the amaz­ing of­fer­ings on dis­play.

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