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Deans Marsh Free Family Festival

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Event:
Just like the olden days with a FUN FREE Festival
Melbourne Skyline
Melbourne Skyline


This is your chance to escape the city to a true country festival. You can travel quickly via the inside straight roads to Deans Marsh, or meander along the stunning Great Ocean Road to Lorne and then head north. By all means take your towel and bathers and stay in lovely Lorne and drive up to the festival for a wonderful day outing.

But whichever way you drive, it is worth the trip. Just make sure you get there, it is well worth it. This is an old style festival with old style fun. It will have the standard live music, art and crafts, local beer, wine and produce plus market stalls. But then the really fun activities begin.

Gumboot Throws to win
Gumboot Throws to win


Step up for the gummy boot throwing contest. Then stop to watch the kelpies as they round up the sheep for shearing. Other dogs are working on the "jumping circuit", showing off their awesome skills.

Working dogs and sheep
Working dogs and sheep


Draft Horses to pet
Draft Horses to pet


Turning hay the old way
Turning hay the old way


The huge and stunning draft horses are turning the hay, providing carriage rides, and love to be patted. They have the softest noses.

Pet BABE
Pet BABE


Even better, join in the queuue for the petting zoo and cuddle a baby "BABE" pig.

Bunny ears are irresistible
Bunny ears are irresistible


You will surrounded by food including their famous "wood fired" pizza oven. That is the queuue worth standing in. They are yumm.

Wood Fired Pizza YUMM
Wood Fired Pizza YUMM


If you want to know about the history of Deans Marsh and the stunning handmade curtain across its stage, ask any proud volunteer on the day or find Lisa Jarvis, the Deans Marsh Community Cottage Coordinator, who loves to give a grand tour of the grounds. This curtain was lovely, handmade and stitched by the local mums, daughters, grandmums, and aunts during the war using left over burlap four bags. The history depicted in its panels is priceless.

Hand made by the locals during the war using flour sacks
Hand made by the locals during the war using flour sacks


Volunteers to help on the day
Volunteers to help on the day


Meet the local Aboriginal Elders and chat about the origins of the lands.

David and Jason
David and Jason


Finally watch the animal evolve out of the log to become an animal about to spring into action.

Chainsaw Art
Chainsaw Art


Tiger Springs to Life
Tiger Springs to Life


Meet local chainsaw artist Alex Lorenzi. He loves to share how he got started with this local art and how much the tourists love it. He talks about how the local school kids helped design some of the pieces such as the panther and how they helped chisel and refine the art as well and then put their names to it.

History unfolds everywhere around you. The day will not be long enough, but it will be extraordinary fun.

Fun sights to see and treats to eat
Fun sights to see and treats to eat

Everywhere you turn there are more and more fun sights to behold, special things to do, and treats to eat. The Deans Marsh Singers will be serenading you with some grand old tunes.

Dress up in your olden day clothes to join in the fun
Dress up in your olden day clothes to join in the fun


And make sure you dress to impress in your best olden day outfits to match the environment.

Skate away on the concrete of the day
Skate away on the concrete of the day


And for those more active kids, bring the skateboards, the rides are swift and safe.

The cauldron welcomes all comers
The cauldron welcomes all comers


You might ask where? Deans Marsh Reserve, Pennyroyal Valley Road. The event is on March 26, 2017 from 10 AM to 5 PM
For more details see the website.

All copyrighted photos by Photojournalist Tricia Ziemer.

Get a tour with Lisa
Get a tour with Lisa

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Why? For fun free olden days festival
When: 10 AM to 5 PM
Phone: Contact 03 5236 3388 | cottage@deansmarsh.org.au
Where: 10 Pennyroyal Valley Road, Deans Marsh
Cost: FREE
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