Drouin set to light up

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - DROUIN THE PLACE TO LIVE... -

The Drouin Lights Up Fes­ti­val has been locked in for Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7.

Drouin and Dis­trict Busi­ness Group vice-pres­i­dent Craig Chugg said he ex­pected the for­mat to re­main sim­i­lar to last year’s suc­cess­ful event.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages through the town’s main street and Civic Park, while it is hoped that a mar­ket may be added to the pro­gram which will see the fes­ti­val in ac­tion on both sides of the rail­way line.

“We’re busy lock­ing in spon­sor­ship and fund­ing, so we’re just piec­ing it to­gether,” Mr Chugg said.

“It will be sim­i­lar to last year and will fin­ish with a movie and fire­works in the park. “We might be ex­pand­ing with a mar­ket. “We’re hop­ing to add in a mar­ket over near the Royal Ho­tel at the Old But­ter Fac­tory, but that was just an idea thrown up last night that we’ll have to work through.”

Mr Chugg said he hoped for an­other suc­cess­ful event, which saw crowds turn out in force to em­brace the fes­tive spirit last year.

“We’re ex­pect­ing to have be­tween 5000 and 10,000 peo­ple come through,” he said.

While last year’s event had been de­ferred by three weeks due to se­vere weather warn­ings for the planned date, this year’s fes­ti­val has re­verted back to early De­cem­ber de­spite the suc­cess of last year’s event be­ing held the week be­fore Christ­mas.

It is hoped the re­turn to an early De­cem­ber date will see the com­mu­nity get into the Christ­mas spirit early and al­le­vi­ate an al­ready busy week lead­ing into Christ­mas for lo­cal busi­nesses, who help or­gan­ise the fes­ti­val with the back­ing of spon­sors.

Matthew and Adam Parker were quick to mount up for a camel ride at last year’s Fes­ti­val; File pho­tographs.

Pas­sen­ger Karen Lin­dorff gave her ver­sion of a royal wave to the crowd at last year’s Drouin Lights Up Fes­ti­val.

There was no doubt­ing that Christ­mas was com­ing at last year’s Drouin Lights Up fes­ti­val. Pic­tured en­joy­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties at last year’s event were the Rahini fam­ily, from left Fareed, So­raya, Eve and Sa­mar.

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