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10 March, 2023

Huge weekend across the Shire

MORE than 8000 guests will converge on Port Fairy’s two council-owned caravan parks this weekend.

By Staff Writer

Huge weekend across the Shire - feature photo

MORE than 8000 guests will converge on Port Fairy’s two council-owned caravan parks this weekend.

The town will once again come alive as it celebrates the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival and Street Fair.

Moyne Shire’s six caravan parks are almost at capacity, with a series of events happening right across the region.

Large crowds are once again anticipated to gather in the seaside village, with festival goers of all ages keen to enjoy three days of entertainment.

Koroit and Killarney parks are also close to fully booked.

As of Thursday night, Yambuk Caravan Park had only a few sites remaining, with a fishing competition planned over the weekend, while the Mortlake park was also close to capacity with an annual showjumping championship to be held in the town.

Moyne Shire mayor Cr Karen Foster said the folk festival was the biggest annual event in the shire and provided a huge economic boost for Port Fairy and the wider south-west region.

“It’s a huge event for the town and the region; last year visitor spend data showed an additional $3.5 million was spent in Port Fairy across the weekend alone,” Cr Foster said.

“Council has partnered with the Folk Festival committee to again bring the Street Fair to life – meaning those who don’t have a ticket to the festival can still come and soak up the folkie vibe.

“There is a full program of free entertainment featuring live music, buskers, kids zone as well as food and market stalls from Saturday through to Monday.”

Cr Foster said an outback experience in Koroit on Saturday, and the Mortlake Market on Monday, rounded out a jam-packed weekend across the shire.

“Moyne really is the events shire; with the headliners Koroit Irish Festival and Port Fairy Winter Weekends plus a range of other events still to come in the next few months, there’s no signs of things slowing down.”


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