New vision for fes­ti­val

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Wim­mera Ger­man Fest will take a hia­tus this year while a new steer­ing com­mit­tee con­sid­ers ways to re­vamp the event for 2018.

Fes­ti­val steer­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Daffy said the com­mit­tee was in the process of ap­point­ing a new leader and would call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for new mem­bers in the com­ing months.

“The com­mit­tee will meet soon and hope­fully new mem­bers will bring new ideas to the ta­ble,” he said.

“We’re look­ing at chang­ing the date to early 2018 so we can move it away from other Ok­to­ber­fest events in Mel­bourne and Ade­laide.

“With so much hap­pen­ing in the re­gion and across the state it can be hard to find a free week­end on the calendar.

“We’ll also con­sider chang­ing the location.”

Run by Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion’s Hor­sham branch, the fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the re­gion’s Ger­man her­itage through mu­sic, food and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties while rais­ing money for a good cause.

Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion and steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers do­nated $5000 from last year’s event at Hor­sham Show­ground to Wim­mera Health Care Group’s emer­gency depart­ment.

Mr Daffy said he was pleased with the fig­ure.

“We didn’t have a huge crowd last year so I’m happy we were able to do­nate that much money,” he said.

“We were un­lucky with the weather – it was a cold day with a few show­ers and it also clashed with a new blues fes­ti­val at Halls Gap.

“Hope­fully we’ll have more luck early next year and at­tract a big­ger crowd. It has a lot of po­ten­tial, we just need some fresh ideas to help grow it.”

Mr Daffy said he would step down from the com­mit­tee but would con­tinue to of­fer his sup­port.

“It will be good to give some­one else a turn,” he said.

“I would like to thank ACE Ra­dio for its ma­jor sup­port of the event in the past two years.”

The MIXX FM Wim­mera Ger­man Fest started in 2015 af­ter Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion and Wim­mera Health Care Group joined forces to reestab­lish a Ger­man food and cul­ture cel­e­bra­tion that had pre­vi­ously run at Dim­boola for many years.

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