Exciting new approach
Myrtleford Festival makes changes for 2019 event
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.