Festival seeking helpers
ONE of Beechworth’s committees for a major tourist event is seeking volunteers to jump on board to help with next year’s attraction.
A small group of eight volunteers organising and running next year’s Golden Horseshoes Festival are planning a smaller and more concentrated event where helpers are sought to aid in its management.
The festival draws between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors to the town each year over the Easter long weekend.
Committee member Beryl Strang said VicRoads requirements and the recent change of Easter Saturday to public holiday status had multiplied the cost of road closures which meant there needed to be less of them.
“We can only organise what we can safely manage,” she said.
Among the changes are an earlier and smaller parade with walking entries and a shorter route due to road closure costs needing volunteers to safely marshal the parade.
“There will be a focused area along Ford Street from Camp to William Streets including the Police Paddocks and the Town Hall Gardens,” Ms Strang said.
With the Festival’s long history in the town, she said a huge number of people had contributed to the crowd-drawing event over the years.
Ms Strang said there were opportunities for community groups to help support and expand the Festival weekend by running their own activities with promotion under the Golden Horseshoes Festival banner.
“Community groups add to the event such as Beechworth Secondary College’s Fun Run and the golf event and the Wooragee Easter Market that are advertised as part of the festival creating a wider appeal.”
The college’s fun run – the school’s biggest annual fundraiser sponsored by the Beechworth and District Community Bank – will happen for the 12th year in 2019.
The event attracts around 700 entrants from around the region, interstate, and overseas and is now part of the North East Runners series too.
Ms Strang said the town’s economy was boosted by additional initiatives as well as fundraisers for community organisations.
The next meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 2.
For more information or to get involved contact committee member Amanda Hausler on 0467 848 921.
EVENT TEAM: (from left) Golden Horseshoes Festival committee members Amanda Hausler, Anna McFeeters, Mel Tomkins and Beryl Strang chat about next year’s event plans.