Mansfield Courier

PICNIC IN THE PARK:

- By RICHARD JAGO

Melbourne team Morgan (left) and Kim McGregor and Annabelle Erskine had just racked their bicycles and were probably looking for lunch at Mirimbah’s Picnic in the Park.

THE mild weather must have moved thousands to come to Mirimbah to enjoy the annual Picnic in the Park.

Campers, bike riders, music afficionad­os and others made the very most of the day in a sociable spirit, where nothing else seemed to matter.

Settled under the trees on chairs or rugs, with the temperatur­e probably not more than the mid 20s, meant a very relaxed time for most with family and friends.

Of course the abundant food and wine must have helped too – and those who may have had a little too much could still take the shuttle bus back to Mansfield.

The live entertainm­ent could be heard around the park, with many sitting up close by or – if less than six years old – dancing to the music.

This is an event that will continue to grow and delight all those who come to Mansfield for the long weekend.

Marketing and communicat­ion manager for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Gillian Dobson, said on Monday the Picnic in the Park numbers were around 1200 people.

“A fantastic day and our visitors enjoyed a great range of local food, wine, craft beer and cider as well as craft stalls, kids’ face painting and an excellent line-up of musical acts,” Ms Dobson said.

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 ?? PHOTOS: Richard Jago ?? BUSY: Just a small portion of the very large crowd that attended Pinic in the Park at Merimbah last Sunday.
PHOTOS: Richard Jago BUSY: Just a small portion of the very large crowd that attended Pinic in the Park at Merimbah last Sunday.
 ??  ?? PATIENCE: Children had endless fun in the jumping castle while parents waited and chatted.
PATIENCE: Children had endless fun in the jumping castle while parents waited and chatted.
 ??  ?? SAFE AT LAST: Giddy after their high-speed roundabout are Jaymie Richardson (left), Samueal Arrowsmith, Jamie Van Schee and Harrison Gunse.
SAFE AT LAST: Giddy after their high-speed roundabout are Jaymie Richardson (left), Samueal Arrowsmith, Jamie Van Schee and Harrison Gunse.
 ??  ?? SITTING PRETTY: Elise (left), Daphne and Alanah Meocevic were obviously enjoying their own company, sitting quietly on a log over the river.
SITTING PRETTY: Elise (left), Daphne and Alanah Meocevic were obviously enjoying their own company, sitting quietly on a log over the river.
 ??  ?? DANCING THE TIME AWAY: Dusty Bailey (front) sets the pace for Paige (left) and Charlotte Kelsey, while Frankie Steele tries new rhythmic hand movements.
DANCING THE TIME AWAY: Dusty Bailey (front) sets the pace for Paige (left) and Charlotte Kelsey, while Frankie Steele tries new rhythmic hand movements.
 ??  ?? GRILLED LUNCH: Eric Stewart whips up a snack for customers at The Ski Club of Victoria stall.
GRILLED LUNCH: Eric Stewart whips up a snack for customers at The Ski Club of Victoria stall.
 ??  ?? DIFFICULT DAY: Perth rider Damian Tice said he had a bad day coming down from Mt Buller, with four flat tyres.
DIFFICULT DAY: Perth rider Damian Tice said he had a bad day coming down from Mt Buller, with four flat tyres.
 ??  ?? HAPPY PICNICKERS: Enjoying their lunch on the bank of the park are Kat McKean (left), Joel Morrison, Michael Brittain and Vanessa Hewson.
HAPPY PICNICKERS: Enjoying their lunch on the bank of the park are Kat McKean (left), Joel Morrison, Michael Brittain and Vanessa Hewson.
 ??  ?? RIVER PEOPLE: Enjoying a peaceful time around the river were Jack, Charlotte and Olivia Exell from Kilmore.
RIVER PEOPLE: Enjoying a peaceful time around the river were Jack, Charlotte and Olivia Exell from Kilmore.
 ??  ?? LISTENING: Young people listened attentivel­y to the live entertainm­ent.
LISTENING: Young people listened attentivel­y to the live entertainm­ent.
 ??  ?? ARRIVED AT LAST: Riders very pleased to have survived the long stretch from Mt Buller are Che Boocock (left), Manuel Avalos and Jimmy Wong.
ARRIVED AT LAST: Riders very pleased to have survived the long stretch from Mt Buller are Che Boocock (left), Manuel Avalos and Jimmy Wong.
 ??  ?? FAIR EXCHANGE: Elyssia Nelson gets her change from Ben Kraus at the Bridge Road Brewers.
FAIR EXCHANGE: Elyssia Nelson gets her change from Ben Kraus at the Bridge Road Brewers.
 ??  ?? TUNE-UP: Soloist Richard Perso checks out his equipment before going on stage.
TUNE-UP: Soloist Richard Perso checks out his equipment before going on stage.
 ??  ?? EARLY PRACTICE: Oli Kay jumps to catch a ball kicked by his dad.
EARLY PRACTICE: Oli Kay jumps to catch a ball kicked by his dad.

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