TAMMY TOTH has a double source of inspiration to drive the Caramut Street Festival.
Ms Toth and her husband Gary have organised the festival, which will take place today in the service lane in front of their Caramut General Store.
It will be the second time the festival has been held, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
“We have been here in business in Caramut for the last two years and we want to do something for the community,” Ms Toth said.
“Caramut doesn’t have any events for the community so it was good to get this going last year and hopefully it continues to grow and become bigger.
“Businesses in the area have been really supportive and so have the Moyne Shire Council.”
The choice of the Royal Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of funds raised was an easy one for Ms Toth to make.
Her family has had a long association with the hospital, with Ms Toth and her younger sister regularly going there for kidney treatment.
And her older sister Kylie was a regular at the hospital before passing away from leukaemia at age 16.
The festival will include a wide range of entertainment, with a reptile show, musical performers including Dave Burgess, Yes Please, Eliza Sully, Cooper Lower and the Durdins.
Food, more than 30 market stalls, face painting, raffles and showbags will be part of a packed program from 10am to 4pm.
Last year the festival raised $2700, a significant effort in wet weather. Today Ms Toth is hoping to top $5000.
“We had about 200 people come along last year and we think we will increase that,” she said. “”There is good support from the Caramut community and we also get people coming from Warrnambool, Hamilton and Ballarat.”