Korumburra Southern Lights Festival 2023

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Posted 2023-05-21 by Gayle Beveridge-Marienfollow

Sun 11 Jun 2023

When I went to the inaugural Korumburra Southern Lights Festival in 2019, it was a big deal. People flocked there in their droves, over 7,000 of us, and we were not disappointed. Now, in 2023, the organisers promise it will be bigger and better than ever. I recall all the young children running about with glowing lights and twirleys, having the best of times. This is hands down a great family event. So, here's what you can expect.

The Bonfire. Let's talk about the bonfire. This used to be commonplace when I was a kid, but you don't get to see them often these days and I can tell you this one will be enormous. You'll be able to stand close enough to feel its warmth but at a safe distance, of course, and under the watchful eyes of the CFA, who are an attraction in themselves.

Fireworks. The fireworks are the grand finale of the evening, but I'll mention them early, just because I like them so much. The kids will want to stay awake for this. What a spectacle they are. The fireworks display is scheduled for 8:30pm.

Fire Drums. The bonfire won't be the only way to keep warm on this Aussie winter's night. There will be fire drums at the festival as well. How good is this? It reminds me of outback holidays and farm stays.

Music is the backdrop to any good festival. The folks at Korumburra know that and so much so, they're going for not one, but two stages. There will be plenty of live music and a DJ. Performers will include the Gippsland band 'The Picassos', and kids' entertainers the Mik Maks.

Fire Twirlers. You won't get sick of watching these folks; their skill is amazing. I know I was mesmerised.

Laser Cut Light Drums. These 44-gallon drums are laser cut to depict the town's history. They throw light patterns metres across the ground. Don't miss these, they are something special. There are many of these light-filled 44-gallon drums, each of which are laser cut in pictures, patterns and text to represent part of Korumburra's history. They were designed by Jason Parmington, from Inverloch. The drums will be positioned so their displays can light up and bounce off the historic Coal Creek buildings.

Food and Drink. There'll be plenty of food and drink vans to keep the family happy. That's a good thing because you won't want to be leaving early; there's way too much to see and don't forget the fireworks finale. Amongst others you can expect Wheelie Good Pizzas, Paella Truck, Flamin'Skewers, Twisted Spudz, Suzys Coffee Break, and The Hungary Gypsy.

Market Stalls. I know, some of you have just got to shop. Don't worry, they've got you covered. There'll be the usual stuff, of course, and plenty of light-related stuff for the kids.

Lawn Games. The festival kicks off at 4pm and maybe you're wondering, what do you do at a light festival before dark? Plenty of stuff has been planned. Nothing has been left to chance. There are even lawn games.

Face Painting. What little kid doesn't love face painting? Don't disappoint them. They'll be delighted with this. Then, because they all look wonderfully cute, with their little painted faces, you can take a snap for your socials; nobody misses out.

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. Now, while you're there, don't forget to take in the historical buildings and artifacts in the park. That's worth a look at any time. You can click herehttps://coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com/ to visit their website and find out more about the park and what it offers. Their website describes the park as "a recreated coal mining village that depicts the history of Korumburra; from everyday 1870s—1920s rural life, to the coalfields and the early agricultural development of the area."

Can you even conceive of missing out on this? I know I can't, so maybe I'll see you there.

The Korumburra Southern Lights Festival is on Sunday 11th June, the King's Birthday weekend, from 4pm to 10pm. (Gates open at 3pm.) The fireworks display is at 8:30pm. The event is taking place at the wonderful Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at 12 Silkstone Road, Korumburra, South Gippsland. Don't forget it is winter so rug and bring your own chairs if you like. Click here to visit the event page on the Korumburra Business Association website, or here to visit their Facebook page, or for ticket and event inquiries phone Shirley Arestia on 0438 551 207. Please note that BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Tickets are $15 for adults and under 18s for free. You are advised to book in advance and ticket numbers are capped and might not be available at the gates. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Korumburra is just over an hour and half's drive from the Melbourne CBD via the M1 and South Gippsland Highway and only about fifty minutes from Cranbourne. But, hey, it's the long weekend, get in early and book a weekend stay.

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!date 11/06/2023 -- 11/06/2023
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