Meeniyan looking good
MEENIYAN on Fire Street Festival is on again this year and will feature a family friendly, fun atmosphere with plenty of activities and entertainment for kids and grown-ups.
The annual event was held for the first time in 2011, as an initiative of the Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association.
Marty ‘Moo’ Thomas said the event was named Meeniyan on Fire because it was developed at a time when all businesses in Meeniyan were “on fire”.
“The festival is strongly supported by the Gardiner Foundation and without their support, we would not be able to run the festival,” Marty said.
The Gardiner Foundation is a proactive investor in projects that benefit the Victorian dairy industry and wider community.
“This year the street festival will run from 9am to 4pm. Then the golf club is hosting a dance in the hall, from 7pm to 11pm,” Marty said.
“An all day music program is running in front of the hall, featuring Begs to Differ, Tarago Country Band, Acoustic Kitchen, the South Gippsland Wind Orchestra and Andy Mitchell.
“It will be a day of entertainment, with a lot of fun for younger people such as face painting, popcorn, fairy floss, kids art classes, colouring competitions and an abseiling wall.
“The CFA smoke-house will be operating, which helps kids to learn about what to do in the case of a fire. The festival has a strong family focus; there will be heaps for kids to do.
“Hope Farm Bakery will be in town doing their fresh bread, with plenty of gluten free options.
“It is a good opportunity to get the family out and meet the community. It gets people off their farms and into town so they can see what is happening and experience what Meeniyan has to offer.”
A Radio 531 3GG live radio broadcast will be happening from 9am until noon with Deaksy and Meagz.
A large concrete and wire wallaby will be built during the festival by the Meeniyan Youth Committee, which people can observe throughout the day.
The wallaby will be the first of about six giant concrete animals that will be built in Meeniyan, linking the Main Street to the Great Southern Rail Trail.
This year’s monster raffle is a wheelbarrow filled to overflowing with super gifts from Meeniyan stores. Tickets are just $1 each and the prize will be drawn during the evening celebrations at around 8.30pm.
As well as around 25 stalls, there will be a car boot sale and traders all along the main street will be having specials and offering great deals.
The family country dance, presented by the Meeniyan Golf Club, will be held from 7pm to 11pm and is a great way for visitors to the festival to wind up a great day.
A light meal of specialty hot dogs will be available from 6pm onwards and an old fashioned country supper will be available for a cold coin donation.
Tickets for the dance are just $5 per person, or $10 per family.
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