Fes­ti­val seek­ing helpers

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By CORAL COOK­SLEY

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.

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