Families from across the region and beyond braved the heat for Shepparton’s annual KidsFest on the weekend.
More than 100 volunteers and staff were working during the two days for the event, which took months of preparation to organise.
But the hard work paid off, with travelling zoos, woodwork classes, gardening displays, local performers, train and sideshow rides and many other activities drawing in big numbers.
SPC Kidstown and KidsFest co-ordinator Tracey Toy said the festival had taken more of a community approach.
In its first year in 2006, Australian Idol star Ricki-Lee Coulter appeared, but the event has now become a festival in its own right, attracting local performers, to please local ears.
‘‘This year we’ve turned it more into a community celebration of KidsTown and we have more community members pulling things together,’’ Ms Toy said.
‘‘The first year we pulled in some big names to get the crowds in, but KidsFest has grown into its own brand, and a lot of our local community members are each year proud to take part.’’
The event, which competed with the Tatura races and Goulburn Valley football finals, usually attracted about 40percent from outside of the region, Ms Toy said.
‘‘We decided to put this on at the beginning of the school holidays each year and it’s generally a way to launch all of the other activities that’ll be happening.
‘‘It’s a great crowd, and there’s a real buzz around the event.’’