Henry and Jeanette Toller-Bond have been crowned king and queen of the Moyneyana Festival for years of dedicating their time to the Port Fairy community.
The couple, who jovially call themselves "a pair of blow-ins", say they are honoured by the title which took them both by surprise.
"Who would have thought when we came here in 2006 one day we'd be in the car waving regally. I hope we know how to wave regally," Jeanette said with a laugh.
"We are not particularly showy people," Henry said.
But they are community-minded, serving the with the Port Campbell community when they moved off the dairy farm and into business there before moving to Port Fairy. While on the farm he joined the United Dairy Farmers, is still involved in the Lions Club and the folk festival construction site. Jeanette has always been involved in the arts.
As soon as the couple arrived, Henry joined the Moyneyana committee and spent 14 years volunteering countless hours to the festival and also serving as secretary. Two years later Jeanette joined too.
The couple stepped down from the committee just before COVID hit, and last year the festival didn't go ahead anyway. "We did enjoy it and we made some really good friends," Jeanette said. "We will still help out a bit."
In fact, Henry is helping to make the hanging basket kits for the children's craft.
But instead of spending the countless hours organising the event, the couple will now spend the time enjoying the festival with their own grandchildren. "It was really enjoyable, it really was," Henry said.
Over the years, they would often find themselves with a house full of out-of-town performers some of whom have become good friends.
"The house would be chockas with people sleeping on the floor," she said.
The couple will sit in the lead car of the New Year's Eve parade, which has been cut back to just one lap.
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