Record crowds flock to festival
THE traditional Breakfast on the Lawn kicked off the Mansfield High Country Festival weekend on Friday, followed after school with Marks IGA Sideshow Carnival and Ground Control Rock Out, which saw people of every age enjoying the music, street theatre, art, food, games, dress ups and petting zoo.
The crowd fell in behind Mansfield’s emergency services Torchlight Parade to assemble around the oval.
What a sight - the upturned faces of thousands of Mansfield locals and visitors together and enjoying the spectacular fireworks display.
Many people commented they had never seen the crowd so big on opening night.
With the sun shining, residents and visitors came out in droves on Saturday to enjoy the Martins Garage Grand Parade, which saw a mix of community groups and businesses put on a great display.
The traditional bush market was as busy as ever and what a stunning collection of sculptures Median to Rare had displayed.
Sunday played host to the traditional Fun Run, Open Gardens and Vineyard Picnic Lunch, and of course, the grand finale of the festival is the much anticipated local Melbourne Cup Day Picnic Races.
“The real credit for the success of our much loved festival goes to our shire’s many community groups and volunteers,” said Judy Dixon, Mansfield Shire tourism and economic development team leader.
“Their tireless passion and enthusiasm for what they do and what they contribute is truly commendable, and although council helps with some of the ‘heavy lifting’, this festival would not happen without them.”
THE annual Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary Art Show again displayed a magnificent variety of artworks being officially opened on Friday night at a cocktail affair.
Auxiliary president Ann Mudge welcomed guests to the opening and introduced guest judge Mandy Hall, hospital board chairperson Philip Officer, Masonic Lodge incoming master I an Ribbons, Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) and Rotary Club president Mick McCormack.
Mr Officer had the pleasure of declaring the exhibition open and mentioned the support and importance of the auxiliary which last year donated more than $71,000 towards improvements and equipment to the hospital.
“This 41st Art Show has some outstanding works displayed and is exceptional for a small community such as Mansfield,” he said.
“The contributions made through the auxiliary makes a big difference to what we can do at the hospital.”
In declaring the art show open Mr Officer congratulated all artists and t he auxiliary members and their helpers for their efforts.
Mick McCormack on behalf of the Rotary club presented a cheque for the acquisition prize to the winning artist for $2000.
On behalf of the Harry and Clare Friday Foundation, Ewan Friday said the foundation was pleased to be able to sponsor the prize for the local artist winner for the fifth year – “a wonderful event for a wonderful cause” he declared.
Winning artists for the 2017 exhibition were:
Rotary Prize – Julie Guppy with “After the Storm”;
Friday Foundation – Local Artist prize – Geoff Paynter – Mined Landscape. Highly commended: Emily Reynolds – Swimming in the Dark;
Ralph Bristow – The Hole in the Shadow;
Wendy Jagger – Delatite View;
Sally Harvey – Spring Fascinator Concept – Emerald – Textile work;
Caroline Marrone – Life in Spaccanapoli (Naples).
POPULAR CHOICE: Jamieson artist Julie Guppy was thrilled to have taken out the Friday Foundation prize for Best Local Artist and is seen here with Friday Foundation co-chair Ewan Friday.
ROTARY WINNER: Mick McCormack representing the Mansfield Rotary Club presented Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary chairperson Ann Mudge with a cheque for the winning artist – pictured with the winning art piece. The artist Geoff Paynter was not present at the opening.
CONGRATULATIONS: Jamieson residents (from left) Diana Kilford, Julie Guppy, Roy Kilford and Sue Swan were so proud of Julie and her winning art.
PROUD TO BE THERE: John Adams, artist Faye De’Pasquale, Ros Ritchie and Robyn George were delighted with the display of art at this year’s hospital auxiliary art show.