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.”
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