THE SPIRIT OF THE HIGH COUN­TRY

North East Tourist News - - MANSFIELD & DISTRICT -

33 YEARS ago the Mans­field High Coun­try Fes­ti­val started as a cel­e­bra­tion of the horse­man­ship of the moun­tain cattlemen and today the fes­ti­val takes pride in be­ing one of re­gional Vic­to­ria’s most re­spected, loved and vis­ited an­nual events.

It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to catch a piece of the spirit of the High Coun­try.

The key­stone of the Mans­field High Coun­try Fes­ti­val is the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, with each com­mu­nity group bring­ing a pas­sion and au­then­tic flavour to the pro­gram.

The Mans­field High Coun­try Fes­ti­val com­prises of a di­verse va­ri­ety of up to 33 events over five days, fea­tur­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal, arts and per­for­mance fo­cus com­bined with pop­u­lar unique com­mu­nity events in­clud­ing the torch­light pa­rade, fire­works, grand pa­rade and pic­nic races.

The whole Mans­field district is in­volved.

Over 25 com­mu­nity groups work to­gether to cre­ate a sig­nif­i­cant themed, high qual­ity event which is stim­u­lat­ing, ed­u­ca­tional, provoca­tive and en­ter­tain­ing for a lo­cal, metro Mel­bourne, re­gional and in­ter­state au­di­ence.

The Mans­field High Coun­try Fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to be heard, artists and mu­si­cians to show­case orig­i­nal work, and for com­mu­nity groups to cel­e­brate and wel­come friends and vis­i­tors to the area.

It is a plat­form to ed­u­cate and highlight lit­tle known el­e­ments of High Coun­try tra­di­tional life­styles.

The Mans­field High Coun­try Fes­ti­val is truly a ‘touch, taste, see, smell’ ex­pe­ri­ence of North East Vic­to­ria.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.high­coun­tryfes­ti­val.com.au.

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