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By CORAL COOKSLEY
MUSIC lovers from around Australia and overseas flocked to Yackandandah’s 21st Folk festival two weeks ago.
The popular event – a sell-out for three years in a row – attracted an impressive line-up of international, national and local traditional folk music artists.
The festival – started as a one day concert primary school fundraiser over two decades ago – has become a weekend festival with a smorgasbord of music, food, entertainment and lots of fun.
Organising committee president Chris Smith summed up the event as sensational with over two thousand smiling faces.
“Where else can you get the privilege to make so many people happy,” a delighted Mr Smith said.
Local brass band ‘The High Street Shufflers’ led the Friday night street parade with local schools and community organisations.
Mr Smith said the festival catered for all ages and attracted many young people over the weekend.
“The main street was packed on Saturday with venues over the weekend chockerblock,” he said.
Mr Smith said funds from community groups fundraising for the benefit of the whole community
He said surplus funds were donated to Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) with whom Folk Festival has a partnership.
“We now generate more electricity from folk festival fund raising activities over one weekend for solar panels around the town,” he said.
The huge event for families too celebrated community values of belonging, volunteering, and sustainability.
Re-use was message led by example from Saint Monday Cafe to combat the environmental impact of waste disposal.
Coffee was offered in reusable mugs and cups with drop-off points at festival venues. .
A ‘Dish Pig’ mobile washing station catered for washing mugs and other reusable food containers.