Festival celebrates 30 years of bringing spring to life
By STRUAN JONES
IT was an evening of celebration and reminiscing when original committee members of the Bright Spring Festival gathered at the Bright Art Gallery to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the festival last Wednesday, October 24.
In attendance were current and former members of the committee, along with many people connected to the ongoing success of the annual festival which features open gardens, art walks, markets, and a fireworks show.
The current president of the committee Tom Smith told the crowd that it was a privilege to be a part of the festival.
“It’s a lot of fun, as well as a lot of hard work, and it’s all put on by some really good, dedicated people, so it’s fantastic,” he said.
Jenny McNaught was one of the founding members of the committee in 1988, and still acts as the treasurer today, an unbroken stretch of service of 30 years.
Addressing the crowd, she acknowledged everyone who had come to the event, and then went through the entire gathering of more than 40 people, naming and acknowledging them all personally for their contributions.
Special certificates were given out to original committee members by Rupert Shaw, president of the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce, who also made a special thank you to the those who started the festival, saying “starting something is so much harder than taking over something that is up and running.”
Memorabilia from the past 30 years was on display, and people were delighted to loudly and proudly share stories from across the years.
The most common line heard was: “We had a lot of fun back then, didn’t we?”
Special thanks was made to garden owners of Bright and surrounds who opened their gates to the public, making the festival possible.
“The founding members are very grateful for the ones who have come after them and the ones who are here today are doing such a magnificent job, thankyou,” one former committee member said.
The Spring Festival continues through to Tuesday, November 6.