Macarthur residents celebrate at the Music in the Vines Festival

The tiny town of Macarthur swelled on Saturday as it hosted a number of events, including the annual Music in the Vines Festival.

More than 400 patrons soaked up the sunshine and atmosphere as Suffoir Vineyard hosted the festival which featured local and national artists. 

The event attracted patrons from Hamilton, Warrnambool, Colleraine, Horsham and Macarthur who enjoyed the entertainment lounging on picnic rugs and chairs.

The program included an emerging talent section where the public voted for their favourite performer which was won by Warrnambool’s Janaya McDonald.

Performers included Macarthur band Bluegum, Bec Milly Band and Tom Richardson, both from Warrnambool, and Australian blues musician Nick Wildgoose and his band. 

Visiting electro pop, indie and folk fusion singer Jade Alice wowed the crowd with her vocals and was followed by The Settlement and headline act Dean Ray. 

Festival president Pieter Badenhorst and his wife Michelle said the day was about showcasing regional talent and produce.

“There’s a very good vibe,” Mrs Badenhorst said. “There’s definitely more people here than last year and the weather’s on our side.

“We love the fact that the rest of the Macarthur community is coming on board and promoting other events around Macarthur too.” 

Other events included the Macarthur Campdraft, the AGL Windfarm’s mountain bike ride and an exhibition by artist Wendy Black.

On Sunday the newly-renovated Historical Society will be open from 10am, the Macarthur Men’s Shed will be open from noon and Wendy Black’s screenprinting exhibition continues at 24 Heckfield Street from 10am to 6pm.

There will be barefoot bowls and morning tea at the Macarthur Bowling Club and the final day of the campdraft at the Macarthur Recreation Reserve.The Hamilton and District Veteran, Vintage and Classic Car Club will showcase their vehicles in the main street at noon. 

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