River light show to bring in 2019

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Adra­matic light show draw­ing on the fea­tures and at­mos­phere of the Wim­mera River will be a ma­jor high­light of a com­mu­nity New Year’s Eve party in Hor­sham.

Hor­sham pro­jec­tion artist Bran­don Far­ley will pre­pare a lighting ex­trav­a­ganza on the river at Hor­sham Show­ground’s May­dale Re­serve, for what or­gan­is­ers are pro­mot­ing as a fam­ily fun night of cel­e­bra­tion.

Hor­sham Agri­cul­tural Society is work­ing with Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil on the event called ‘New Year’s Eve, Let’s Cel­e­brate by the River’.

Society sec­re­tary An­drea Cross said the cel­e­bra­tion was in re­sponse to pub­lic de­mand for a re­turn of a New Year’s Eve event in Hor­sham.

“Hor­sham has been cry­ing out for some­thing spe­cial on New Year’s Eve for quite a while now, so we’re plan­ning a fun night of mu­sic, food and en­ter­tain­ment,” she said.

“The coun­cil ap­proached us and de­spite a dif­fi­culty in get­ting vol­un­teers to help with events at this time of the year, we have ral­lied to make sure it hap­pens.

“Apart from it be­ing a great chance to do some­thing to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of a new year, we see it as a great op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue our ef­forts to ac­ti­vate the area in con­junc­tion with “We’re delv­ing into the world of tech­nol­ogy for an artis­tic pre­sen­ta­tion and from all ac­counts it should be pretty spec­tac­u­lar” the coun­cil’s over­all plans to gen­er­ate ac­tiv­ity and at­trac­tions on the Wim­mera River.”

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil, re­spond­ing to calls for a com­mu­nity New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion, en­dorsed a rec­om­men­da­tion at its Oc­to­ber meet­ing to pro­vide up to $15,000 to help the society run the event.

Mrs Cross stressed the cel­e­bra­tion, free of charge and run­ning from 6pm to 12.30am, would be de­signed for fam­i­lies and would fea­ture a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

“We plan to have novelty water ac­tiv­i­ties, face-paint­ing, jump­ing cas­tle, merry go-round and other chil­dren’s at­trac­tions. But we will also have a jazz band per­form­ing for a cou­ple of hours be­fore Dave Mc­mas­ter steps up for some good old-fash­ioned rock,” she said.

“There will be a va­ri­ety of food stalls and a Silo Bar in the May­dale Beer Gar­den will be open. It will be a strictly no BYO event.”

Mrs Cross said the light show herald­ing the new year would be a creative al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional fire­works.

“We’re delv­ing into the world of tech­nol­ogy for an artis­tic pre­sen­ta­tion and from all ac­counts it should be pretty spec­tac­u­lar,” she said.

“We will have a ma­jor pre­sen­ta­tion at mid­night and some ear­lier pre­sen­ta­tions for peo­ple with young chil­dren who need to get home.”

Mrs Cross said ex­pec­ta­tions were that up to 500 peo­ple might turn up on the night at what was prov­ing to be a pop­u­lar venue for ma­jor events.

“May­dale Re­serve has gen­er­ated some mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences with a Ger­man fest and food and wine show,” she said.

“We’re very con­scious of mak­ing the most of the site, which rep­re­sents per­haps one of the most un­der­used river­side as­sets in Hor­sham.”

– An­drea Cross

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