In keeping with the festival’s motto of ‘70 Summers of Fun’, one young group of Moyneyana-minis found a novel way of driving attention their way.
Known as the ‘All Stars’, Port Fairy resident Mia Hislop and her band of holiday friends took home the title of ‘Best Themed Float’ when they decorated an old farm truck in this year’s New Years Eve parade.
Draped in glittery material and pinned with all things from the ocean, the group of ten friends all added an element to their home-made accessory.
“We included seaweed, fish, starfish, and shells,” Mia said. “We each made something to add.”
The group, aged between five and 13, said they wanted the float to stick with the festival’s theme.
“I think it looks like it had been through seventy summers,” Mia said.
The youngsters were looking forward to spending their winning $250 on pizzas at Coffin Sally followed by Poco for ice-cream.
Champion Float honours were won by Van Somersen Equestrian and Port Fairy Nippers, taking home $500 each. Other winners were Men’s Shed, Port Fairy Youth Tennis, Port Fairy Football Netball Club, Warrnambool Pipe Band, Warrnambool Drag Racing and Jordan’s Band.
Special mentions to Port Fairy Citizens Band, Hester with Legs, Orford Steam Rally, O’Shean Dancer and Bikes.
Former festival chairman Reg Harry said it was youngsters and families that had become the focus of the event in recent years.
"One thing that really stood out was how many young families were in the crowd. It was great to see everyone enjoying the parade, that's what it's all about,” he said.
This is the 70th year of the Moyneyana Festival.
"The floats were of a very high standard again this year with lots of community groups and sporting clubs in the town putting in entries," Mr Harry said.
Despite a record crowd, the night passed without a major incident. Mr Harry congratulated the big crowds for their behaviour and said the Moyneyana Festival committee would continue to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere is maintained.