Laneway Festival a winner

WONTHAGGI put on a stunning inaugural Laneway Festival on Saturday.

Rain threatened the festival early on, but it wasn’t long before the sun – and the crowds – came out for the event.

“We were really excited with the turnout. It’s nice to have something like this happening in our town,” festival organiser and president of the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association president Dee Connell said.

“There were lots of happy people who enjoyed the surprise activities.”

The festival began at the IGA car park, where a main stage was set up to showcase local performers and the headlining acts. Murals depicting local businesses were hung on the wall, designed by local media students.

The laneways were vibrant with colourful decorations, lanterns and lights.

Mouth watering smells came from the many food stalls, and there were plenty of places to sit and enjoy a bite to eat.

Moving down the lane, children were excited to find games such as Jenga, checkers, Yahtzee and dominos.

Murray Street was partially closed off to allow safe pedestrian access between the laneways and Apex Park. On the way to Apex Park, festival goers were encouraged to “chalk the walk”, drawing pictures or writing messages on the road.

The fun continued in Apex Park, where amusement rides were in full swing. A Freeza stage was also set up for young DJs to showcase their talent.

Ms Connell thanked the many volunteers who worked hard to make the festival a success.

“We had around 45 volunteers who have worked tirelessly,” she said.

“We were setting up until 10pm Friday and were there past midnight on Saturday cleaning up. We had youth taking photos, an incredible market team, and people who dedicated days of their time to bring the festival together. We have high hopes there will be another festival next year.”


Fun night: from left, Leongatha’s Sharni, Maddi and Will Campbell were all smiles at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival, with plenty of fun and exciting things to explore – particularly the amusement rides in Apex Park.

Tall tower: Wonthaggi’s Rhiannon and Connor Orchard played a game of jenga against each other at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival.

Plenty to see: from left, Inverloch’s Nick Lawson, Wonthaggi’s Seba Jacob, Cape Woolamai’s Sally McDonald and Cowes’ Liam Sullivan admired the artworks at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival on Saturday.

Rugged up: from left, Cape Paterson’s Mia Plenkovich and Wonthaggi’s Marli Carter were dressed well for the cool conditions at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival.

Top performance: Dance Design’s Olivia Methven, Kayley Lawrence and Alex Burton impressed during their dance number at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival on Saturday.

Dance stars: Billie Peterson, Macy Peterson, Daisy Marotta, Lexi Todd and Maisie Johnson represented Dance Design and performed for the crowds at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival.

Lots of fun: Wonthaggi’s Josh and Claire Satchwell and Leongatha’s Sienna, Jack and Ollie (front) Birkett were excited to check out the amusement rides and explore the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival on Saturday.

Game time: from left, Wonthaggi’s Kirra, Samara and Kym Sleeman played a game of connect four with Ava Stewart at the Wonthaggi Laneway Festival.

Vibrant: Wonthaggi’s laneways were decked out with colour during the inaugural Wonthaggi Laneway Festival. Pictured from left, Warragul’s Ivy and Poppy Ward loved the lantern decorations, which were put up in the “chill out” areas.

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