Ex­cit­ing new ap­proach

Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val makes changes for 2019 event

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­[email protected]­me­dia.com.au

THE 2019 Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val will take an ex­cit­ing new ap­proach, with main fes­ti­val events and the an­nual pa­rade to be held at the Myrtle­ford Show­grounds.

The scenic drive­way and treescape will make a stun­ning set­ting for a new fire­works dis­play in the evening and a new he­li­copter Duck Drop will give en­trants the chance to win up to $1000 cash.

Alpine Shire had made plans to en­sure that the iconic fes­ti­val and the much needed “Myrtle­ford Bet­ter Places” road­works could co­in­cide with each other but fol­low­ing a re­cent com­mit­tee meet­ing with the fes­ti­val’s or­gan­is­ers, it was de­cided the rein­vig­o­rat­ing change would be for the best.

New fes­ti­val pres­i­dent, He­len McDougall, said it was im­por­tant the de­ci­sion was made early to give or­gan­is­ers as much time as pos­si­ble to de­liver an­other im­proved event.

“We are hop­ing to use this op­por­tu­nity to bring as many events into the one lo­ca­tion for ease of ac­cess, and will be hold­ing dis­cus­sions with all stake­hold­ers in the com­ing weeks,” Ms McDougall said.

“We are all well aware of the long held tra­di­tion of hold­ing the fes­ti­val and pa­rade in the main street of town but the safety of the com­mu­nity came first.

“This will give the fes­ti­val a chance to re­de­velop a new vibe and add ex­cite­ment to events.

“With the main stage set up for mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, the sur­round­ing shady area and the stun­ning set­ting we are de­lighted that lo­cal busi­nesses, groups and stall hold­ers will all get the chance to make the most of the mas­sive shade trees and in­door ar­eas this lo­ca­tion pro­vides us.

The pa­rade will also be moved to the show­grounds, cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere that or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to be as en­ter­tain­ing and vi­brant as al­ways.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the fes­ti­val princesses will still be held in the Pi­azza on the Satur­day evening how­ever it will be ex­panded into a larger event.

“Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­bers will be en­gag­ing in dis­cus­sions with lo­cal mu­si­cians and food ven­dors to make the Satur­day evening just as mem­ora- ble for those who are un­able to at­tend the ball,” Ms McDougall added.

The com­mit­tee in­vites the com­mu­nity to get in­volved with the fes­ti­val by spon­sor­ing and or do­nat­ing, hold­ing a stall or vol­un­teer­ing to help us make it the most mem­o­rable fes­ti­val yet.

Con­tact the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee via email ([email protected]­ford­fes­ti­val.com.au) to be a part of the fes­ti­val or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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