Festival branching out
THERE was plenty of colour and once again plenty of people who made their way to Bright for the 56th Autumn Festival.
The 10-day event concluded on Sunday after another successful Gala Day market and parade on Saturday.
Bright Autumn Festival president Brendan Holland said a raft of activities continued to attract people to the area for the annual celebration.
“I think we had something like 40 different activities with plays, exhibitions, markets, workshops and 17 open gardens taking place among other things,” he said.
“There was between 40005000 people at the Wandi Nut Festival, numbers which the organisers were really pleased with.
“We had over 50 people involved in the Instameet which is the most we have had in three years.
“We also had concerts by the Bright Singers and Darebin Brass Band, the Bright Brewery Bush Dance and the historical society putting on their different cemetery and murders and mysteries tours.
“People are always going to come to the region for the autumn colour but they certainly come in bigger numbers when there are other things to do.”
The highlight of the festival was again Gala Day with 28 floats entering in Saturday’s parade which was themed Our Town, Your Town.
Freestyle Alpine Dancing Academy was named most outstanding float while best float went to IDance For Fun and Fitness.
The Rotary Club of Bright produced the top float by a community group while Bright P-12 College took out the best youth/school category.
The best commercial float was Bright Ice Creamery and the most humorous entry was by John Dalbosco.
With thousands of people lining the street for the parade Mr Holland said the festival was now reaching a broader range of people.
“We’re getting more and more people out of Melbourne, and even had people visiting from Brisbane and Wollongong,” he said.
“We’ve got the message out there that the festival is about the autumn colours which look great but it’s also about the local produce and what the region has to offer.
“We’re starting to tap in to different markets and are attracting people of different nationalities.
“A lot of them might only be coming on day visits but I think as they come up here and realise what’s on offer they will come and stay longer.” Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Page 9