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Www.omadvertis­er.com.au Sustainabi­lity on show at festival

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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.

 ??  ?? WASTE-FREE QUEST: Yackandand­ah’s Saint Monday Cafe owner Chris McGorlick (left) with Kim Marshall, Nik Hazeleger and Clare Bird with re-usable mugs at the Yackandand­ah Folk Festival
WASTE-FREE QUEST: Yackandand­ah’s Saint Monday Cafe owner Chris McGorlick (left) with Kim Marshall, Nik Hazeleger and Clare Bird with re-usable mugs at the Yackandand­ah Folk Festival

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