Heritage showcase proves popular

HEY!:Warrion’s heritage committee member Peter Ponton feeds an old-style hay press at Colac Heritage Festival on the weekend.

ORGANISERS are confident they will host another Colac Heritage Festival after the weekend’s successful event.

Festival co-director Alan Billing said more than 2000 people converged on Colac Showgrounds across the weekend for the event, which showcased vintage cars, trucks, tractors as well as animal displays, a collectables fair, homecrafts and family activities and entertainment.

Mr Billing said 100 Fordson tractors “gathered in the one spot”, some of which came from as far as Gippsland and north-west Victoria, were a highlight of the weekend as well as 50 tractors competing in yesterday’s tractor pull.

“There’s been plenty of exhibits, it’s been choc-a-block with plenty happening,” Mr Billing said.

Barongarook’s Glen Shepherd and daughters Rebecca and Bonnie at Colac’s Heritage Festival.

“All in all there’s been a good number of people here and there have been plenty for them to see.

“At this stage I’d say we’re very happy with the success of it and certainly the feedback we’ve had was people saying it’s a magnificent event, which is so diverse and there’s something it in for everyone.

“And that’s what we set out to provide and it seems to be working for us,” he said.

Mr Billing estimated crowd numbers were equal with last year’s, which he said was the best event in its four-year history.

He said the festival had “maintained its position”.

“Initially we weren’t too sure where it would head but I think it’s ongoing,” Mr Billing said.

“There will be another next year,” he said.

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