There were plenty around in Port Fairy and Koroit to see in the final hours of 1980 and the first days of 1981.
We found these fantastic photos from this exciting period.
HINTING: Coins and lollies were thrown into the crowd during the New Year's Eve parade in Port Fairy.
SLIPPERY: Port Fairy's Jim Stevens in action during the eel dash.
HAPPY: Michelle Hayes was all smiles at Port Fairy on New Year's Eve 1980.
PACKED: A huge crowd gathered in the main street of Port Fairy for the New Year's Eve parade.
READY: Port Fairy sprintcar driver Daryl Jago tunes an engine in the lead up to a speedway event.
HOOKED: Port Fairy's Steve Malone enjoyed throwing a line in the Moyne River.
PRODUCTIVE: Glaxo manager Doug Allen at the Port Fairy pharmaceutical factory.
A HIT: Adrian Gleeson from Southern Cross reaches for a serve on the tennis court.
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