This year’s fes­ti­val pa­rade is sure to be fun, noisy and happy

Myrtleford Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRAD WOR­RALL bwor­rall@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

PHOTO: Brad Wor­rall

PHOTO: Brad Wor­rall

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.

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