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Mansfield High Country Festival

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Read about this festival - it is huge
The Mansfield High Country Festival is one that goes on for 5 days, and includes Melbourne Cup Day! It will start on Friday 2nd November and continue until Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 6th November 2018.

This festival has a huge range of activities that just go on and on! They are presented by community groups and local businesses. Some of the things on include village fairs, food and wine events, arts and exhibitions, a grand parade, a torchlight parade, fireworks, and to top all this fun up, there will be a fun run. They will stage their very own Mansfield Cup race day and this is sure to complete a wonderful festival that is well worth attending.

One of the activities at this festival, The Grand Parade, has been produced for some 34 years. This old tradition of community groups, businesses and people, will see locals make an effort and dress up in various outfits, and participate in this wonderful community event. This is always a very popular part of the festival for both visitors and locals.

The same goes for their other fantastic parade, the Torch Light Parade. In this one, they fit as many people as they possibly can into either a fire truck or some sort of emergency services vehicle, and this is also a great deal of fun for onlookers.

Although there is too much on to put everything in this article, here are just some of the programs for the first few days:

* Friday 2nd November

From 7.00 am to 9.00 am
Annual Breakfast on the Lawn - join in this brekkie which will be a cooked breakfast by the Mansfield Autism Statewide Services. It will be in High Street, directly opposite the Post Office and will cost $12 for adults, and $6 for children.

From 5.00 pm

Marks IGA - Sideshow Carnival in the median strip
This will be great fun for the whole family, so don't miss it, especially for the children!

From 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary presents an Art Exhibition and sale at The Mansfield Masonic Lodge, Masonic Hall, Highett Street.

This is the opening night of this exhibition and tickets will be $25, which include wine/beer and nibbles. Tickets are available at the door, or to buy them earlier, contact Sue Swan on 0411 316 150

Hours for the exhibition are:
Friday 2nd November : 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 3rd November : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 4th November : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 5th November : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Entry cost $2.00: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday

From 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Rock Out Youth Event in High Street - this will be Mansfield's up and coming young talent who will entertain the crowds. This is put on entirely by young people and is the FReeZA Rock Out. The stage area for these performances will be in the centre of the town and the event is drug, alcohol and smoke-free.

From dusk

The CFA/Emergency Services Torchlight Procession
This procession will begin at CFA in Mansfield and then meander through along High St to gather for the parade at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve, Highett St.

From 9.00 pm

Fireworks Show & Official Opening of the Mansfield High Country Festival
Watch the stunning fireworks displays at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve, Highett St.

* Saturday 3rd November

From 8.00 am to 2.00 pm
Mansfield Bush Market
Here there will be some great market stalls, coffee, food, clothing, plants and buskers.

This is Mansfield's biggest market of the year and a great place to start to buy your Christmas gifts. It will be in the tree-lined street of Highett Street.

From 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

Best Devonshire Tea
This is a shout out for all those people who love homemade Devonshire teas. Freshly baked scones with jam, cream and a cup of tea or coffee for only $7.00. This will be on at the St John's Church Hall, cnr Highett and Victoria Streets

From 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Median to Rare Sculpture Exhibition
This is presented by the Arts Council of Mansfield and the winners will be announced at 3.30 pm.

This is a unique one-day-only​ pop-up sculpture event and it will be held on the median strip opposite the post office. Anyone can participate in this and it should be very interesting to see the ideas that people come up with! People entering this exhibition will be exploring a number of different ideas, which will make this an unusual event. Some of the things made in previous years include wrap a tree, sound sculpture, unusual puppets, sticks and stones, wood items, metal, clay, wire, mixed media and more.

In order to pick the winners of this event, you, the public get to choose your favourite one, be the judge, and vote.

From 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Glorious Floral Festival
This will be a whole lot of lovely flower arrangements which have been made up by local people supporting local community welfare. Entry is by gold coin donation to support charities and it will be held at ​St John's Church, cnr Highett and Victoria Streets.

From 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Open Studio - This is a student exhibition/demonstration of paintings and ceramics. All exhibits will be for sale, and it will be on at the Wendy Jagger Studio, 36 Dundas Court on the Sunday as well as Saturday. More information:


From 11.00 am

Martin's Garage Grand Parade -the theme this year is "hero".

This carnival will feature bagpipes, clowns, horses and a display of cleverly made up floats. See Mansfield people dress up with about 200 locals taking part in this High Street parade.

From 7.00 pm

Surprise Your Senses at The Kitchen Door
This is a fabulous three-course​ meal using local produce. There will be a free drink on arrival, live music and several surprises!

There will be a courtesy bus to and from the venue, and this will pick you up at the Mansfield Post Office, for a gold coin donation. Cost is $65 per person and dress is smart casual. Bookings are essential as there is limited seating and you can book by contacting Megan Knapp on 0407875767. It will be held at The Kitchen Door, 4555 Midland Hwy, Barjarg.

For the Sunday 4th program of events, please click here.

For the Monday 5th program of events, please click here.

For the Tuesday 6th (Melbourne Cup Day) program of events, please click here.

This is a huge festival and one that you should definitely not miss any of!
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When: 2nd to 6th November, 2018
Where: High Street, Mansfield, VIC
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