It's Easy Being Green @ Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival!
"I am green and it'll do fine. It's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be." Kermit the Frog
Celebrate Mooroolbark is making a conscious effort to produce a more environmentally sustainable community festival. Waste reduction and lowered energy consumption is the aim, hence the adoption of a green theme for this 2017 festival.
Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival at Red Earth Community Park & Mooroolbark Community Centre - 74 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark consists of two dates; Friday 24 March 2017 at 7.30pm at the Mooroolbark Community Centre and Saturday 25 March from 10am to 4pm with free entry to the Red Earth Park & Mooroolbark Community Centre.
Launching at 7.30pm on Friday 24 March at the Mooroolbark Community Centre with the newly branded Red Earth Unearthed (AKA Talent Quest). An Open and Under 16 competition, participation in the competition is free. Winners will be given the opportunity to perform on the Community Stage at the festival the following day. Tickets are $5 at the door. This includes a delicious supper generously provided by the Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship.
The community spirit continues on Saturday 25 March at 10am, starting with a wonderful and vibrant street parade, making its way from Station Street, down Brice Avenue and onto the festival site at Red Earth Park. Saturday's festivities include;
Street Parade departs at 10am from Station St to Red Earth Park.
2 stages of live entertainment.
Melbournaires Harmony Chorus, 50-voice-strong on the Main Stage.
SPARKS and One More Weekend, on the Youth Stage.
Free and low cost activities and rides
Local information, full stage program, roving performers, kids activities, workshops, rides, food stalls, market stalls.
Huge Marketplace featuring the Jim's TradeNet Local Business Hub.
Talks by The Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap Group on how to keep chickens and bees.
Competitions on the day i.e. short film, costume, writing, recycled sculpture, Red Earth UnEarthed etc.
Win spot prizes by dressing up in your favourite recycled/upcycled vintage clothes.
NEW for 2017, an Active Living Hub of demonstrations and participatory sessions from local sports, dance and other active groups for you to try.
Meet Jim Penman (see below), founder and business owner of Jim's Group.
All this will help you get to know Mooroolbark a little more through local community groups, politicians, Council, schools and other local services. Come along and find out how you can 'support local' and help Mooroolbark continue to thrive by chatting with all those there on the day.
A highlight of this years' festival, meet Jim Penman of Jim's Group; a man who started a part-time gardening business while earning his PhD in history at Latrobe University. Launching a full-time mowing business in 1982 with a $24 investment, he launched Jim's Cleaning in 1994, followed by dog wash, building maintenance, fencing and around 38 other divisions.
A familiar sight operating in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom, Jim's Group now has over 3,800 Franchisees and a turnover of approximately $400 million. Hear it from the man himself, speaking about the key to his success and introducing one of his latest projects Jim's TradeNet. He'll be signing books at the Jim's TradeNet Local Business Hub.
Bring your picnic rug and look forward to an all ages, family-friendly, relaxing fun day out, celebrating the community spirit of Mooroolbark. For more and all other information and updates, keep a close eye on and check the website and their Facebook page.