Summer on Lake Eildon has arrived
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.
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.
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.