MORE than 12,000 people are expected to converge on Heywood for the annual Wood, Wine and Roses Festival next Saturday.
Now in its 21st year, the event has four new attractions including the Flair Riders performing bike stunts, the Wheel of Steel, the Daredevil Dog Stunt show and bluegrass band The Pigs.
Festival president and co-ordinator Ross Barclay said people would come from far and wide for the well-known event.
“It’s good, non-stop fun,” he said. “It’s based around a family festival. We start at 10am and go till 11pm — that’s 13 hours of entertainment.”
Mr Barclay said other highlights would be the ute muster and truck show, a visit from the Halls Gap Zoo, lawnmower racing, a wood chopping competition, food stalls and fireworks at the end of the night.
“We’ve got a wide range of entertainment,” he said. “Premier Denis Napthine will be attending. Over the years he’s only missed one.”
Mr Barclay said the festival was organised by a group of hard-working volunteers and it took 12 months to bring it to fruition.
“As soon as one is finished we’re on to the next. Over next week we’ll be involved in it day in and day out. We’re happy with what we do. We’ve got a good crew of people who run it.”
The festival, on Saturday, February 22, will be held on the Village Green in Heywood and flow along the river area to the recreation reserve.
Entry is $20 for adults, $15 concession and 15-17 year-olds, and under 15s free.