The reigning Moyne Shire Community Event of the Year has plans to bounce back with style after a COVID-19 hit 2020.
The Port Fairy Winter Weekends committee of management has started the ball rolling for a comeback in 2021 after a pandemic-caused no-show this year.
A gathering of committee members has confirmed planning for 2021 would proceed for the best case scenario of the event going ahead.
The first of the 2021 Port Fairy Winter Weekends events is planned for June 11-13.
Port Fairy Winter Weekends coordinator Amy Armstrong said the committee had a strong head-start to 2021.
"The program for 2020 had been fully conceived so our aim is to transfer that, or as much as we can, to 2021," Ms Armstrong said.
"We will then look at any gaps that may have opened up and fill them.
"Our budget is still in place.
"We did spent some money this year with our online presence but those projects were funded through grants."
Ms Armstrong said a meeting had been planned between the winter weekends and Moyne Shire Council.
This meeting would discuss the development of a COVID-19 safe approach to 2021 activities.
A winter weekends committee member has been appointed to a role dedicated to ensuring COVID-19 compliance is adhered to.
Ms Armstrong said when COVID-19 normal arrived it would be a changing landscape and her committee needed to be ready to adjust.
"We are planning to go ahead as normal but we know things could change," she said.
"We want to be prepared and to be able to tick all the boxes along the way."
Ms Armstrong said the winter weekends best-known event and an important drawcard could also pose its biggest challenge.
"The Dachshund Dash is our biggest gathering with about 2000 people watching that each year," she said.
"That is something we will have to look at closely and see how we can safely hold what is a big community event."
The winter weekends aim to drag visitors to Port Fairy during what is traditionally a quieter part of the annual tourism cycle.