HOLD THE PHONES
This year’s festival parade is sure to be fun, noisy and happy
Myrtleford pre-schoolers Ashton McManus and Heidi Weimer with two old-fashioned phones that will form part of their float on technology at The Myrtleford Festival gala parade on Saturday week. Classmates Hunter Coleman, Mia McKenzie and Will Hughes with his mum Sukey were all hard at work for a parade that has become a cornerstone of the longrunning festival.
IT has been a key element in every festival since 1961 – and this year’s gala parade is expected to be no different.
Despite generational change and a change of route it still acts as a focal point to the Saturday of the long weekend celebration.
Gala parade coordinator Kirk Tabalotny says it will be a fun, noisy and happy event.
“It is certainly very different to what was effectively an end of harvest celebration when it was known as the Tobacco, Hops and Timber Festival,” he said.
“Over the past five years, the parade has changed in many ways – size, route, content and community involvement.
“The present route – from Duke Street, though Standish and Clyde streets, ending on Albert Street – differs greatly from the days when this event ran all the way to the football ground on Lewis Avenue.
“Each parade has provided a glimpse into the interests and activities of Myrtleford’s citizens, industries and community groups. The parade has traditionally had strong participation from sporting groups and our main industries.
“And of course, the festival princesses and queen have always been prominent crowd-pleasers.
“Contemporary parades have also included floats from many small businesses and this year is no different with entries pouring in from a wide range of businesses, schools, groups and organisations.”
Myrtleford preschool’s Sukey Hughes said they would pick up on the Now and Then theme for their float.
“We are working on showing the technological changes in communication within the classroom and outside it,” she said.
“The kids have been involved in painting Facebook signs, YouTube signs, tablets and decorating old phone handles.
“We have 66 children working together on creating this exciting float.
“The kids will be waving cut out pictures of old phones and new phones.
“We will have tin cans on string hung around the float and of course drawings of tablets, iPhones and general modern communication tools.
“We are hoping to show the change from typewriters to chalkboards to whiteboards to laptops to iPhones and tablets and look out for a timeline of the Myrtleford preschool.”
This year’s festival parade will start at 4pm.
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY: Clare Jessup, Emma Pasqualotto, Milla Corcoran and Alexis McGuffie were working on their own form of tablet complete with social media tags that will be part of the Myrtleford pre-school’s float.