30th anniversary for Bright festival
By JUSTIN JENVEY
THE Bright Spring Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
It’s an event that continues to draw people to the town at a time of year when the fresh green leaves return to the trees and bulbs burst into life in spectacular colour.
The Spring Festival offers three weekends and two full weeks of events and activities and is run by the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a great event to bring people to the town and the region,” Bright Spring Festival program coordinator Ros Holland said.
“It has created huge economic benefits for the community over the 30 years and showcases and makes the most of the natural beauty of Bright that is not found anywhere else in Victoria.”
The two biggest events of the Spring Festival continue to be the Grand Fireworks Spectacular (November 3) and Rotary Monster Market (November 5).
Other events over the course of the 16 days include the Spring Art Walk, sponsored by the Bright Art Collective with additional artists involved in 2018, and the Red Cross morning tea and stalls on November 2.
The Wandi Hall Craft and Produce Fair is held every year with lots of work put in by dedicated residents of Wandiligong with homemade, homegrown and handmade food and goods while the Spring Flea Market in Bright is also hugely successful and will again take place on October 27.
The local theatre group, MAD AS Productions will be presenting a show called ‘Alice Unplugged’ while the Bright and District Historical Society will hold a range of tours, information walks around town, and museum open days.
There’ll be tours of the Bright CFA station on October 22 and 29, and a tour of the Ovens River with the local Landcare group on October 27 - a popular event for those interested in the environment.
Ms Holland said a highlight of the Spring Festival for many remains the open gardens that
change and evolve each year.
She said there would be 17 gardens for the public to explore this year.
“All the gardens and the majority of activities are put on by dedicated volunteers,” Ms Holland said.
“A huge thankyou goes out to the many committed gardeners who work hard to get their properties looking beautiful for visitors each year.”
All the events for the Bright Spring Festival are listed on the website and Facebook page with a full program to be online later this week.