Prepa­ra­tions in place for Yfest

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Easter Festival -

Or­gan­is­ers be­hind War­rackn­abeal dis­trict’s huge four-day Yfest Easter week­end cel­e­bra­tion have urged peo­ple to make the most of a big week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions across Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire.

Event sec­re­tary Jean Wise said prepa­ra­tions had long been un­der­way as the com­mu­nity gath­ered for the 20th an­niver­sary of the event.

“Last year saw the com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pate with more floats not only for an Easter street pa­rade, but also for our 150th an­niver­sary pa­rade,” she said.

“The com­mit­tee has been en­cour­ag­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups, schools and in­di­vid­u­als to par­tic­i­pate again with floats, dress-ups, vin­tage ve­hi­cles, trac­tors, bikes and scoot­ers and any­thing else your imag­i­na­tion can sum­mon.”

Mrs Wise said Yfest was loaded with ac­tiv­i­ties across the Easter week­end, with at­trac­tions such as the War­rackn­abeal races fea­tur­ing the War­rackn­abeal Cup, along with a fash­ions on the field com­pe­ti­tion that would in­clude in­creased prize money. “So ladies and gents, get out those glad rags,” she said.

Mrs Wise said an an­nual Wheat­lands Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Rally would again fire up on Easter Satur­day with ‘Cham­ber­lain’ the theme for this year’s rally.

“There will also be a vin­tage trac­tor pull, work­ing ex­hibits, in­door and out­door dis­plays, and arts and craft stalls,” she said.

Mrs Wise said arts coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives had or­gan­ised a dis­play of work from dis­trict artist Ali­son Parkin­son and Ballarat’s Peter Cougle.

A grand open­ing of a fes­ti­val art show at Yar- ri­ambi­ack Shire Coun­cil of­fices on Friday night will help launch week­end events.

“We also have a four-day golf tour­na­ment hit­ting off on Friday, with a men’s and women’s ver­sus par com­pe­ti­tion at­tract­ing many en­thu­si­as­tic golfers from far and wide,” she said.

“This year will also see the in­au­gu­ral Armed Bowlers Triples Tour­na­ment on the Sun­day, open to all reg­is­tered ‘armed’ bowlers, so if you are look­ing for a quiet af­ter­noon soak­ing in the skills of these play­ers, no doubt the play­ers would love some cheer­ing on in their com­pe­ti­tion.

“And of course the Easter fes­tiv­i­ties would not be com­plete with­out our an­nual busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion on Easter Satur­day in War­rackn­abeal’s Lions Fauna and Flora Park. At­tract­ing par­tic­i­pants from across Vic­to­ria, the re­laxed at­mos­phere at the park, with ca­ter­ing pro­vided by Ro­tary, Ro­taract and Ru­ral North­west Health, gives ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to kick back and re­lax.”

Mrs Wise urged peo­ple to ‘call your friends and spread the word about our great week­end’.

“And don’t for­get to put on your think­ing caps to come up with floats for the pa­rade and help us cel­e­brate out 20th Yfest Easter Fes­ti­val,” she said.

War­rackn­abeal’s pop­u­la­tion usu­ally swells for the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, at­tract­ing be­tween 3000 and 5000 peo­ple. The event has evolved into a ma­jor north­ern Wim­mera Easter at­trac­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers have con­sis­tently pro­moted the Easter break as one of the best times of the year for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence what War­rackn­abeal dis­trict and the broader Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire has to of­fer.

“This is a spe­cial time of the year when the town comes alive,” Mrs Wise said.

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