MONSTER crowds have helped make the Moyneyana Festival one of the best yet with families embracing the summer festival.
Yesterday there were between 450 to 500 entries in the South-West Street Rodders Show and Shine with organisers forced to shut the gate at Southcombe Park and not allow any more entries.
South-West Street Rodders president Dale Johnson said it was the biggest show and shine they’d had yet.
“It’s the first time we have ever had to shut the gate,” he said.
“We couldn’t possibly fit anymore in. It was the biggest ever.”
Moyneyana Festival committee chairman Reg Harry said between 100 and 120 people were expected to attend the blessing of the fleet last night.
Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird blessed the water craft and fishing vessels at the old bait shed at the wharf.
Mr Harry said numbers were also strong at the variety music in the gardens on Saturday night and at the Hospital Summer Fair at the Village Green on Saturday
“They were really popular, particularly with young families,” he said.
“There have been an outstanding number of families attend. There’s also been people from Warrnambool and Portland on day trips.
“The businesses are ecstatic with the numbers of people coming in to town.”
Mr Harry said a committee of 15 people had worked hard to ensure the 65th event was a success. “It’s the longest summer festival in Victoria. The committee do a lot of work.”
The festival runs until Australia Day weekend.