Sum­mer on Lake Eil­don has ar­rived

Mansfield Courier - - LAKE EILDON FESTIVAL - By PAM ZIERKMAHON­EY

SUM­MER is of­fi­cially here – as from to­mor­row De­cem­ber 1 and last week­end the Lake Eil­don Fes­ti­val wel­comed in the wa­ter lov­ing peo­ple with boats, skiers, jet­packs and fire­works.

Some 2000 vis­i­tors at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions at Bon­nie Doon where a mag­nif­i­cent dis­play of boats took place on the lawns of the Bon­nie Doon Ho­tel.

World cham­pion wake­board­ers kept vis­i­tors en­ter­tained with their high fly­ing an­tics while Liam Al­rich and Kelly Gog­gins showed how easy it is to fly­board (jet­pack).

Demon­stra­tions were also held on the ho­tel’s dam for rid­ing the rails – also called slid­ers – sim­i­lar to skate­board­ing but on wake­boards.

Or­gan­iser of t he ho­tel’s events and pub­li­can Tom Calder­wood was full of praise for all who had taken part, in­clud­ing the wake­board­ers and boaters.

“The Mans­field Shire Coun­cil has been bril­liant to work with in putting on this event,” Mr Calder­wood said.

“We have worked closely with Ni­cole Nye of the tourism de­part­ment, and have had great sup­port all along the way.

“The coun­cil do a lot of work be­hind the scenes to en­sure the fes­ti­val and boat show go ahead.

“And of course, they put on the fire­works on the Satur­day night, which was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and has def­i­nitely be­come a big an­nual at­trac­tion.

“From a small busi­ness point of view, it’s great work­ing with a lo­cal coun­cil who are proac­tive and en­cour­ag­ing about this type of event.”

Mr Calder­wood com­mented on Sun­day that he could see this fes­ti­val grow­ing in size and pop­u­lar­ity each year - a real cel­e­bra­tion for what is of­fered on the north­ern end of the lake.

Prior to the fire­works on Satur­day night, shire mayor Paul Volk­er­ing of­fi­cially opened the sum­mer sea­son say­ing what a de­light it was to have such a great fes­ti­val on the lake and to cel­e­brate the higher level of wa­ter this year.

He also praised the ef­forts of the or­gan­is­ers for the Goughs Bay com­po­nent of the fes­ti­val which this year had in­cor­po­rated the open­ing of the boat sea­son for the boat club.

A sail past was held in the morn­ing and then a mar­ket on the lawns dur­ing the af­ter­noon where lo­cals and vis­i­tors en­joyed mu­sic by a line-up of mu­si­cians and a va­ri­ety of foods, drinks and re­lax­ation be­fore an­other fire­works dis­play lake­side.

BEST YET: The fire­works dis­play at Bon­nie Doon was de­clared the ‘best yet’ with hun­dreds lin­ing the lake shores to view the 15 minute spec­tac­u­lar.

FLYBOARDIN­G: Liam Al­rich of FTL (Feel The Love) Flyboardin­g teaches Luke Christo­forou of Mel­bourne the art of fly­ing high.

PHOTO: Tom Cald­w­er­wood

SLID­ERS: Many would know this as rid­ing the rails but on wake­boards they are called slid­ers - what­ever you want to call it, it is great fun.

PHOTO: Tom Calder­wood.

PER­FECT SET­TING: In a per­fect set­ting boat dis­plays filled the lawns of the Bon­nie Doon Ho­tel right down to the wa­ter’s edge where Flyboardin­g demon­stra­tions kept vis­i­tors amazed.

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