Rain can’t stop Warragul’s Winterfest (2018 in review)
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By William PJ Kulich // 20:30, Thursday 27 December 2018
Around 1,200 people braved cold and wet conditions to visit this year’s Warragul Winterfest and Lantern Parade.
First published in our 5 July 2018 print edition.
The annual Eastern Park event, now in its third year, didn’t disappoint those who went. Live music, fire twirlers, incredible lanterns, food, costumes, and a massive bonfire entertained visitors.
“Things have gone very well,” event coordinator Donna Hallam told the Baw Baw Citizen.
“We’ve had lots of volunteers helping out, people who have loved being a part of the festival [in previous years] and wanted to come and help this year.
“Our only sad point was the weather really didn’t clear up soon enough, so our numbers were down.
“We got 2,500 last year, it was really really busy. But the people who came this year, a lot of them have been to our previous festivals and it’s cemented as a family night out in winter now.”
Donna said the team behind the free event, which runs on the Saturday closest to the winter solstice every year, is already excited for next year.
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