Record crowds flock to fes­ti­val

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

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).

PHO­TOS: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

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.

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