Events join forces

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Front Page - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Or­gan­is­ers be­hind two of Horsham’s big­gest an­nual com­mu­nity events will join forces later this year to present a big week­end of cel­e­bra­tion.

Event sched­ul­ing and plan­ning has led to groups pre­par­ing for Horsham’s Kan­na­ma­roo Festival and Horsham Carols by Can­dle­light work­ing in part­ner­ship.

The week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties will run from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 1 with Kan­na­ma­roo ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing into a Sun­day carols cel­e­bra­tion and fire­works at Sawyer Park.

Kan­na­ma­roo has come to re­flect the change in sea­sons from spring to sum­mer and while an­chored by a

tra­di­tional Fri­day night street party in Horsham’s shop­ping heart, in­cludes and em­braces other events across the week­end.

A Great Wim­mera River Duck Race, which raises money for Wim­mera Health Care Group Foun­da­tion, has be­come an in­te­gral part of ex­tended festival ac­tiv­i­ties.

Kan­na­ma­roo Festival com­mit­tee chair Di Bell said the trial, co­in­cid­ing with the event’s 40th birth­day, was based on an ef­fort to in­cor­po­rate key events into a big­ger week­end.

She said the festival com­mit­tee had ap­proached Carols by Can­dle­light or­gan­is­ers to trial hav­ing the two events on the same week­end.

“Over the years I have of­ten looked at events and be­lieved if we worked with oth­ers, we could pool with other events and cre­ate a fea­ture-festival week­end for Horsham, with each com­mit­tee op­er­at­ing their own individual events,” she said.

“We need to look at things dif­fer­ently on a whole to cre­ate big­ger draw­cards for lo­cals and at­tract vis­i­tors.

“Many groups are op­er­at­ing with very small com­mit­tees and strug­gle to bring in new mem­bers.

“By col­lab­o­rat­ing with other events we can host a festival-style week­end with­out ex­tra work­load on individual com­mit­tees.

“Kan­na­ma­roo has been mov­ing to­wards this in re­cent years and incorporat­ed the mo­tor­cy­cle Toy Run, and the Horsham Aquatic Cen­tre big in­flat­a­bles Pool Party into our week­end.”

Horsham Chris­tian Min­is­ters As­so­ci­a­tion presents Horsham carols, which in the past has at­tracted thou­sands of peo­ple.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Simon Dandy said bring­ing the two events to­gether made sense.

“It’s a busy time of year for ev­ery­one and in hav­ing events that were only a week apart might have been a bit much,” he said.

“The carols are on the first Sun­day of De­cem­ber and they just happened to fall on De­cem­ber 1 this year.

“With a lot of peo­ple in Horsham al­ready there are a lot of economies of scale to con­sider.”

“We re­main two dis­tinct events and the idea is to bring two au­ton­o­mous events to­gether in part­ner­ship to see if it works bet­ter for the com­mu­nity,” Mr Dandy said.

“The hope is that if peo­ple are around for Kan­na­ma­roo then they can also come along to carols. There are many syn­er­gies.”

Mrs Bell said the change of date had other po­ten­tial benefits with stu­dents free of ex­am­i­na­tions to be­come part of the festival.

“It would be great if some of our youth were in­ter­ested in join­ing our com­mit­tee to con­tin­u­ally bring new ideas for fu­ture fes­ti­vals,” she said.

Mrs Bell said the change meant Kan­na­ma­roo would not present events at Sawyer Park on the Satur­day this year to al­low for Carols by Can­dle­light prepa­ra­tions.

“We are look­ing in­stead to do more in the CBD on the Satur­day morn­ing around the ar­rival of the Toy Run, maybe a side­walk mar­ket-style event with mu­sic,” she said.

“Any mar­ket stall op­er­a­tors are asked to contact the festival com­mit­tee via Face­book or by call­ing 1300 668 315 if they would be in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

Mr Dandy stressed the part­ner­ship idea was a trial and what happened in the fu­ture was an un­known.

The Great Wim­mera Duck Race, run by Friends of Wim­mera Health Care Group Foun­da­tion and in its sev­enth year, is also part of new arrangemen­ts.

The event has 2000 plas­tic ducks, all with num­bers, in­volved in a river race.

Or­gan­is­ers sold more than 2000 tick­ets be­fore last year’s race and are still dis­cussing a day and time for this year’s event.

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