St Arnaud set to shine

Published on 30 January 2018

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 St Arnaud will come to life for the town’s second annual Harvest Festival this weekend, featuring a schedule jam-packed full of family-friendly fun.

Set to kick off with the second instalment of the Northern Grampians Shire’s 2018 Pool Party series on Friday, festivities will carry over to Saturday, with the Harvest Festival celebrations in Napier Street’s Market Square.

Following on from the success of Stawell’s Australia Day Pool Party, St Arnaud’s outdoor pool will host its summer celebrations on Friday afternoon at 4pm, with games, competitions, live music, pool inflatables and a free barbecue providing plenty of fun through until 7pm.

The fun is set to keep coming on Saturday, with the second incarnation of the St Arnaud Harvest Festival offering something for all the family from 3pm until 8 pm, including face painting, mini golf, live music from duo Olly and Gordo, a jumping castle and a free screening of the Oscar-nominated Disney Pixar film Coco at the St Arnaud Town Hall Cinema. Finger food and drink will be available to purchase.

The St Arnaud Arts Council will also showcase the work of local photographers in a display at the St Arnaud Town Hall from 1.30pm.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor and Kara Kara Ward Councillor Tony Driscoll said the weekend’s festival were shaping up as even bigger and better than the first Harvest Festival.

“Last year’s festival was a huge success, and judging by the events we’ve got on this weekend, the organisers behind the Harvest Festival look to have outdone themselves in 2018,” Cr Driscoll said.

“As a small community which is home to plenty of farming families, it’s important that we have an event such as this to celebrate what is the conclusion of an extremely busy time of year for all farmers and get together as a community.

“The Harvest Festival, combined with Friday evening’s pool party, makes this one of the biggest weekends in St Arnaud, and hopefully our local businesses can capitalise upon that,” Cr Driscoll said.