· Free events to bring community together at Easter Tarra Festival
· Support Gippsland producers by enjoying local food and beverages
· Activities for children at the Family Fun Day at Won Wron
A festival that was first run on a budget of just $15 in 1972 will be held in the Yarram area for the 42nd consecutive year this Easter, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.
“The Tarra Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate this fantastic area of Gippsland and all the things that make it great,” Mr Ryan said.
“The festival is co-ordinated by a dedicated team of volunteers from local service groups and community organisations with the aim of creating a program that appeals to all ages.”
Mr Ryan said a prominent feature of the festival each year was Saturday’s street parade.
“Floats entered in the street parade will follow this year’s theme of ‘A taste of country’,” Mr Ryan said.
“For the first time, a mobility scooters category has been added to the parade and a feature from the first parade, the pram category, will make a return.”
Mr Ryan said it was pleasing that Gippsland produced food and beverages, including products from Grand Ridge Brewery and Wild Dog Winery, would be available at the festival.
“When the regions are thriving, Victoria thrives so it’s important that farmers and regional producers are supported so they can continue to contribute to our local economy in the many ways they currently do,” Mr Ryan said.
One of the festival organisers Kim Hutton said the committee had worked hard this year to include an event for everyone.
“If you’ve never attended the festival before, this is the year that I urge you to attend,” Ms Hutton said.
“The program includes a free concert in the park, the Family Fun Day, markets, tai chi, a golf stableford, children’s activities, bush walking, history and open garden displays and a social dance to encourage everyone to spend some time in Yarram this Easter.
“Many of the activities from the first festival are still on the program, which shows how much the community does enjoy and support the event.”
Ms Hutton said for the first time this year, Easter church services had been incorporated into the event program.
For more information or to view the program, visit: www.tarrafestival.com.au/
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