Leapin’ lizards, fun scales new heights at Port Fairy

MOYNEYANA is in full swing at Port Fairy, with early festival events attracting record crowds and more fun to come on the month-long program.

Ten-year-old Ascha Peterson from Port Fairy balances a bearded dragon lizard on her head during a show on the Village Green by Black Snakes Productions during the 67th Moyneyana Festival this week. 141227LP33 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

It is the Moyneyana Festival’s 67th year and publicity officer Henry Toller-Bond said one of the biggest highlights was tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, which includes the Rotary Backward Sprint Championships at 7.30pm along Sackville Street, followed by the traditional street procession.

The popular parade will make its way down Sackville and Bank streets at 8pm, with live music on the Village Green throughout the evening and a fireworks display at midnight.

Tomorrow the Wooden and Classic Boat Festival starts on the Moyne River at 2pm.

One of the most-loved features of the festival is the Duck Derby, for which hundreds of people line the banks of the Moyne River to cheer on their toy yellow duck as they float to the finish line.

A community market will be held on King George Square from 9am and on Friday Red the Clown will entertain with performances on the Village Green at 10.30am and 1pm.

Jazz lovers will unite for this year’s festival feature concert Jazz in Saint John’s with local combo Tabasco Jazz at the historic St John’s Anglican Church tomorrow at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, the Port Fairy Citizens Band will play in King George Square at 10.30am and on Sunday the History Centre on Gipps Street will open from 10.30am-12.30pm and the Battery Hill cannons will blast into action with a firing at noon.

Black Snake Productions’ popular reptile and wildlife show returns to the festival for another performance on Friday, January 16.

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