It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Port Fairy.
The Moyneyana Festival committee have been busy adding final touches to the town’s hub in the lead up to seemingly endless summer.
The erection of bells and posters, signage, lights and traditional decorations are all setting the scene for the annual month-long festival.
This year the town celebrates its 71st Moyneyana Festival.
Event organiser Reg Harry said while the format would remain unchanged there would be many surprises for festival-goers.
“There are a few new faces and a brand new program,” he said.
“Activities will kick off with a free barbecue on the civic green Christmas Eve as always.
“And if you’re lucky Santa will make an appearance from 7.30pm.”
The 34-day festival will this year have the theme ‘Our Playground’ with artwork supplied by Port Fairy Consolidated School students.
“Yes the kids have done a wonderful job designing the program.” Mr Harry said.
Since its inception 70 years ago, the festival had grown immensely said Mr Harry.
“We started with a one-night event in 1949,” he said. “It was run to raise funds for the local hospital.”
The program includes an array of events on the civic green and throughout the township.
“There’s a free event here on the fiddlers green every day,” Mr Harry said.
Committee member Carolyn Aitkin said the festival would impress as always.
“It’s exciting to see the decorations going up,” Mrs Aitkin said. “It means its coming. It’s a great time of year and its a wonderful festival.”
“They all seem to love the Paws Day,” she said. “But one of this year’s highlights would have to be the Barristers Run. Cafes from around town have nominated a coffee-maker who will represent their cafe. The first over the finish line with the most amount of coffee in their cup wins.”
Moyneyana runs from December 24 to January 26.