Fes­ti­val branch­ing out

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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