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PHOTOS: Opportunity to expand Warracknabeal YFest

By DEAN LAWSON

BUNNIES: Hailey Perry, 5, and Alirah Arnold, 6, get into the Easter spirit at Warracknabeal.

BUNNIES: Hailey Perry, 5, and Alirah Arnold, 6, get into the Easter spirit at Warracknabeal.


YFest secretary-treasurer Jean Wise said YFest had again been a great success and had become well entrenched in the region’s social calendar – so much so that it almost ran itself.
But she also added that it had enormous potential to expand and an organising committee was always looking for new ways to link in and cross-promote new attractions.
“It is an opportunity for people to link in what they are planning or want to do with the festival – a case of the more the merrier,” she said.
“It might be a series of garage sales or regional car or motorcycle rallies or whatever. The sky’s the limit. We can tie it all in together.
“You don’t need to be part of the overall organising group. You can do your own thing and just get in touch to let us know what you have on or are planning.
“YFest has been a steady progression and we want to expand it further out across Yarriambiack Shire, which will open all sorts of opportunities and promotes greater participation for more people.”
Mrs Wise said last weekend’s event reflected how much of a magnet the festival had become.
“At one point you could hardly move for the amount of people in the main area at the Warracknabeal races,” she said.
“And as for the main-street parade – I stopped counting the crowd at 2000. There was too many, so the estimate was that there were about 2500. And, as usual, it was a big and interesting parade and a lot of fun.
“There was also a solid turnover of people visiting the art show, busking attracted good numbers – although actual busker numbers were a little low – and our vintage rally was on par with other good years.
“There were certainly a lot of visitors from right across Australia and a lot of exhibitors.”
Mrs Wise said other events such as an annual golf tournament had solid support and an inaugural armed-bowlers triples tournament was also likely to grow.
“We were blessed with great weather, we had encouraging feedback and it was just a great weekend,” she said.
Retiring Yarriambiack cheif ececutive Ray Campling at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Retiring Yarriambiack cheif ececutive Ray Campling at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

Chris McPherson with daughters Charlotte and Maddison at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Chris McPherson with daughters Charlotte and Maddison at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

Ted and Lois Goddard at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Ted and Lois Goddard at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

MC Danny Johnson at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

MC Danny Johnson at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

Cousins Ella Jonasson and Violet Jonasson at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Cousins Ella Jonasson and Violet Jonasson at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

GATHERING: A large crowd lined Scott Street for Warracknabeal’s annual YFest parade.  Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

GATHERING: A large crowd lined Scott Street for Warracknabeal’s annual YFest parade.
Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Stanley Naylor, Sullivan Magee, George Naylor and Tim Naylor at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Stanley Naylor, Sullivan Magee, George Naylor and Tim Naylor at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

Andrew Diverson and his wagon at Warracknabeal's YFest parade.

Andrew Diverson and his wagon at Warracknabeal’s YFest parade.

FOLLOW ME: ‘Town crier’ George Armstrong leads the 2018 YFest parade, which attracted about 2500 people.

FOLLOW ME: ‘Town crier’ George Armstrong leads the 2018 YFest parade, which attracted about 2500 people.

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