Festival a hit despite weather

Home grown sporting hero Gary Rohan, who plays for the Sydney Swans, declared the 2010 Coprice Cobden Spring Festival open on Saturday.

WET and wild weather over the weekend didn’t deter Spring Festival goers as they turned out in droves to celebrate.
With a number of new activities added to the already jam packed line up, there was something for everyone.
Progressing Cobden committee member Kelvin White estimated over 2000 people were in attendance over the two days.
“Despite the rain and cold wind, the feeling around the festival activities was warm and welcoming – a real community atmosphere,” Mr White said.
“We would like to thank those who braved the elements to support the festival, as well as sponsors, local organisations and businesses.
“It is a total community project with so many people contributing to make it a great weekend. Because of this factor, it always has to be considered a huge success.”
According to Mr White a higher than average number of younger people attended the festival because of a number of additions geared at the younger age groups.
For the first time children were kept entertained in the Falk & Co KidZone with Fairy Melody, decorating cup cakes and face painting just some of the new additions.
Another popular addition was the skate park championships on Sunday, which gave local children a chance to shine.
Mr White said the Fonterra Street Parade was a big hit with an increase in entries and spectators.
“A highlight was the opening of the “Circuit de Savage” walking track with Andrew Mason speaking about former councillor Evan Savage’s role in establishing the popular track,” he said.
“We were thrilled with the enthusiasm shown by the fun run participants, with many using the track to warm up prior to the event.
“About 100 men, women and children competed – truly an activity for people of all ages.”
According to Mr White, the Progressing Cobden group is beginning to look ahead to the next Spring Festival.
“We would like to continue to work with the Rotary Club of Cobden towards developing the area east of the miniature railway park to make it an all-year-round venue,” he said.
“New faces on this year’s committee worked hard to produce another successful event.
“The committee will welcome suggestions and feedback about this years festival.
“Thanks to the festival committee led by Gary Moorfield, Barbara Cowley, Joanne Beard, Kerryn Cain, Dennis and Heather Walsh, Darcy Walsh, Milton Parlour, Garry Ross, Bob Anderson and Frank Martin with support from many others.”

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