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Mafeking braces for weekend Pitch Festival

Pitch Music Festival.

Pitch Music Festival.

Ararat district communities and businesses are bracing for a busy weekend when more than 10,000 people from around the world gather at historic Mafeking for an annual Pitch Music and Arts Festival.
The festival, in its third year, is from Friday to Sunday as part of a massive Labour Day weekend of activities across the region.
The boutique music, arts, culture and camping event has a significant economic impact, with estimates that the average spend per person visiting the district is $300.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said Ararat district businesses were now well versed in how to prepare for the weekend.
He said shops were ensuring they ordered in extra supplies for the many visitors who stocked up in Ararat before travelling to the festival site near Moyston.
Dr Harrison said festival organisers alone spent about $300,000 in the district community.
“Pitch’s economic impact on the region is massive and it is really great to see Ararat and Moyston so busy over the festival weekend,” he said.
“Aside from the direct spend, the festival also offers a community grants program each year that awards amounts from $500 to $5000 to local groups and organisations.
“The community barbecue at the festival makes an average of $40,000 during the weekend, and many of the people who attend, including international visitors, often stay and tour the region after the festival ends.”
Dr Harrison said council staff had also been working closely with Pitch organisers to ensure the event’s emergency management and crowd control was adequate given a rise in numbers from last year.
The event includes entertainment from international and national performers including visual and installation artists, DJs and bands, as well as market vendors selling food, clothes and market wares.
Festival director Daniel Teuma said community groups running the barbecue included Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club, Moyston Primary School, Willaura Kindergarten and Moyston Country Fire Authority.
“We’re really looking forward to our third year of Pitch Music and Arts and being a part of the Moyston, Willaura and Ararat communities for those few special weeks during the preparation and the weekend of the festival,” he said.
We continue to work with the community and all stakeholders to ensure the festival operates cohesively and in sync with everyone’s interests.
“The community has welcomed the festival, our staff and attendees with open arms and it is heart-warming to see the positive impact the festival has in this beautiful part of Victoria.”

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