New-blood call to keep Yfest ticking

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Vol­un­teers be­hind Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire’s suc­cess­ful Yfest Easter cel­e­bra­tions are call­ing on more young peo­ple to get in­volved in run­ning the event.

Yfest sec­re­tary Jean Wise said the week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties based in War­rackn­abeal had con­tin­ued to blos­som and needed an in­jec­tion of youth to en­sure longevity.

“We’ve had a fan­tas­tic week­end. Pa­tron num­bers were up, gate-tak­ings at War­rackn­abeal races were up, vin­tage rally num­bers were def­i­nitely up and we had a big­ger crowd than usual for a pa­rade,” she said.

“The only thing we would re­ally like to see is some younger faces come on board on an or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee to en­sure this won­der­ful fes­ti­val can con­tinue well into the fu­ture.

“While we have a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple and pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers help­ing make the event run smoothly, we would dearly love some younger peo­ple with fresh and new ideas to help to take it into the fu­ture.

“Some peo­ple have been on the or­gan­is­ing group since con­cep­tion in 1999 and while that’s great, it is al­ways good to at­tract new peo­ple.”

Mrs Wise said ideal au­tumn weather pro­vided a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for last week­end’s big com­mu­nity event.

“We had so many vis­i­tors come into town,” she said.

“Fig­ures from the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre showed we had peo­ple from Western Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, Queens­land, NSW, South Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

“Peo­ple are hear­ing about Yfest from far and wide.

“There have been car­a­vans by the hun­dreds go­ing through, many of them on the Silo Art Trail and many of these trav­ellers, af­ter re­al­is­ing we’ve had other things on, have spent a lot of time in town.

“It is hard to put a fig­ure on the amount of spend­ing from vis­it­ing peo­ple but it can only be good for War­rackn­abeal dis­trict.”

Mrs Wise said a pa­rade through War­rackn­abeal’s main street was again a ma­jor at­trac­tion.

“Some say the num­bers might have been higher but we be­lieve it was watched by more than 2000 peo­ple,” she said.

Yfest, which has also evolved into an home­com­ing op­por­tu­nity for many Yar­ri­ambi­ack ex-pa­tri­ots, fea­tured an eclec­tic mix of events, rang­ing from golf and horse rac­ing to a ma­jor art show, stand­alone vin­tage rally, hot-rod show and shine, busk­ing and a va­ri­ety of other at­trac­tions.

Mrs Wise said plan­ning was al­ready un­der­way for next year’s 22nd Yfest.

“We’ve had a fan­tas­tic week­end. Pa­tron num­bers were up, gate-tak­ings at War­rackn­abeal races were up, vin­tage rally num­bers were def­i­nitely up and we had a big­ger crowd than usual for a pa­rade” – Jean Wise

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