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Plans in place for Horsham Irish party

TO BE SURE: Horsham Agricultural Society’s Andrea Cross, Dusty Cross, Ian Walter, Daryl Wallace and Zack Currie are working to ensure this weekend’s Horsham Irish Festival is a success. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TO BE SURE: Horsham Agricultural Society’s Andrea Cross, Dusty Cross, Ian Walter, Daryl Wallace and Zack Currie are working to ensure this weekend’s Horsham Irish Festival is a success. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Wimmera people will have a chance to air the part of them that’s Irish this weekend at an inaugural Horsham Irish Festival.
Others, without any claim to Irish background, also have an invitation to be part of festivities set to unfold on the eve of St Patrick’s Day at Maydale Reserve at Horsham Showground.
Horsham Agricultural Society is presenting Horsham Irish Festival from 8.30am to 11pm on Saturday.
The event is split into morning and afternoon-evening sessions, starting with a free market and Big Irish Brekkie by the river from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The market will feature almost 30 stallholders lining the riverbank.
The Irish Brekkie, with help from Horsham Apex, Lions and East Rotary clubs, will include elements that are distinctly Irish, provided by St Brigid’s College students and others.
Heats for a Danny Boy singing competition, which offers a $100 prize, start at 9.30am.
The festival will have a lunch interval at 12.30pm and continue with the opening of a Village Green at Maydale Reserve at 3pm.
Entry to the afternoon-evening session will be $20 per adult, with proceeds going towards developing the site for future festivals and events.
There will be many activities for children and adults alike and helicopter rides will be available all day.
There will be a giant dart board, a potato-peeling competition, Irish-whiskey tasting and more heats of the Danny Boy singing competition, with the ultimate winner getting to sing with Melbourne Irish band The Exciting McGillicuddies later that evening.
Yes Optus has come on as major sponsor of the event and will provide a giant screen for a 5pm screening of the movie Mamma Mia featuring Irish actor Pierce Brosnan.
At 7.30pm, Paddy’s Bar will open in Maydale Pavilion, corresponding with a performance of Horsham School of Dance Irish dancers.
Paddy’s Bar is the product of a series of workshops that has involved the creation of a pallet wall and transformation of part of the pavilion into a bar.
Horsham Agricultural Society secretary Andrea Cross said the idea of the festival had come from a conversation with ACE Radio Horsham general manager Brendan O’Loughlin.
“It just went from there. An Irish theme just lends itself to fun and we thought why not?” she said.
“We want to continue to activate the river precinct and also use the Maydale Pavilion. We have this wonderful big shed that we want to encourage the community to come and use.
“We’re opening a new ‘book’ here, providing an extra event that helps us and the community explore festivals.”
Mrs Cross agreed the Irish theme, apart from fun, was also about ‘delving into the community’s cultural history, pinching out a part of it and having a festival’.
“It’s a family day strategically timed to be on the eve on St Patrick’s Day,” she said. “We’re inviting the whole community. There will be simple activities for kids and great entertainment overall. We’re hoping to get at least 500 people there.
“This is the first Irish festival we know of in Horsham. If we get the support we need it won’t be the last. So go green on Saturday.”
The event has also attracted Victorian Farmers Federation funding from a Look Over The Farm Gate project.
“Look Over the Farm Gate is a call to action for rural communities to look out for one another, promote social inclusion, create awareness about mental health and reduce the impact it has on rural communities,” Mrs Cross said.
“As an agricultural society, we support that.
“We will also include the launch of a Stump Dump project into activities.
“We’re inviting people to write down concerns or worries and to dump them into a stump, which along with other stumps we will burn later in the year.”

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