ARARAT - The month of October was one of the busiest for events in Ararat, with 11 major events held across the municipality, attracting hundreds of people to the Ararat region.
While nine of the events occur on a regular basis, two new events were held.
The Ararat Quickshear Competition was held at Alexandra Hall and had 70 competitors and 300 people in attendance, with some interstate competitors coming to Ararat. The Ararat Quickshear Committee was extremely happy with the event and that it is growing in size and plans to run this again as a part of the Golden Gateway Festival in 2014.
The Gason Interschool Challenge ran for the first time by employees from the Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network as a part of the Golden Gateway Festival with 850 students in attendance at Alexandra Gardens. Event organisers were very happy with this first time event and are hopeful to run this again in 2014.
Southern Farming Systems Agrifocus was held at Westmere this year over a two day period with 400 people in attendance and will continue to hold this as an annual event.
The Pomonal Wildflower Show was held at the Pomonal Hall over a two day period with up to 1000 people in attendance. This event attracts many interstate attendees staying within the Grampians region.
The Pomonal Open Garden Day had 256 attendances through six gardens open to the public and raised $5,000 for community projects.
The Streatham Vintage Rally held at Streatham attracted up to 500 attendees, and was very successful attracting people from across Victoria and will take place again in 2014.
The Ararat Agricultural Show was slightly down on gate entries this year but organisers indicated that 700 people attended the show. The show committee will be looking at reviewing the schedule and is currently seeking further assistance from new volunteers for its committee to ensure that it runs in 2014.
The Geelong Off Road Buggy Association Shield Event held in Moyston had 46 competitors compete and 150 people in attendance with many interstate competitors coming to Ararat. Visitors to the event were once again very happy and plan to attend next year.
The Man they call The Banjo took place in Willaura as a one off event, with 170 people in attendance, which the organising committee was pleased with.
Event organisers have indicated that their events will take place in 2014, with the exception of the The Man they call The Banjo which was a one off event.
Council officers told council that organisers of these small events indicated that they do not wish to grow their event any bigger than their current size and that their event is at a good size to be able to manage and sustain.