Spring Festival plans ramp up

It’s all systems go for the Curdie Cow Crap, one of the new features of this year’s CopRice Spring Festival on the Saturday of the October 13-15 weekend.
CopRice staff Amelia O’Connor (left), Russell Couston and ‘catcher’ Sarah Rantall practice with the company cow on site.

PLANS are in full swing for the annual CopRice Cobden Spring Festival with the fun expected to get a little bit different this year.

While Lake Cobden’s resident duck population will get a reprieve from 500 temporary yellow ducks taking to the lake this year, things could get a little bit dirty in Curdie Street.

Spring festival committee member Kelvin White said Connie the Curdie Street Cow will be making her way along the street, with locals able to buy a ticket to guess how many metres it will be before she drops a cow pat.

“It’s an exciting innovation to the Spring Festival program which is deviating away from the norm on several different fronts right across the weekend of October 13 to 15,” he said.

“The conundrum for all enthusiasts will be: “How far down the road will the cow crap?” Distance measurements will begin 100 metres from the beginning of the parade and continue in metres until the end.

“It could be a short or a long afternoon for all. There are three prizes available, crap permitting.”

The 2017 community event will revolve around the theme ‘Celebrating our Community’ with some of Cobden’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ acknowledged in the parade.

A call for nominations saw more than 30 names nominated to the committee, according to festival co-ordinator Barbara Cowley.

She said invitations have been sent to the ‘heroes’ to participate in the parade.

Mrs Cowley said festival goers could expect a number of new and exciting features at this year’s festival.

“Brekky in the Street will be a new feature on Saturday morning with the first 300 patrons arriving at the community street stall from 9.30am all receiving $5 vouchers to use at Cobden food outlets,” she said.

“The big attraction during the morning will be a live radio broadcast in the Curdie Arcade featuring easy-listening music supplied by James Leversha, home town celebrity Drew Semmens on the microphone with interviews and general entertainment for all.”

Mrs Cowley encouraged businesses to get involved in the festival this year and decorate store windows.

“Apart from the Victoria Street children’s area between Curdie and Silvester streets all morning, there will be no street closured in the CBD until just before the time-honoured Fonterra Parade at 12noon,” she said.

“Customers in vehicles will be able to access businesses until 11.30am.”

Regular features of the Saturday will be back again, with popular children’s entertainers – the Mik Maks – returning to the RSL Hall, the annual Orchid Club and Quilters exhibitions.

Further details on the Friday and Sunday activities will follow in a later edition of the Cobden Timboon Coast Times.

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