Festival has electric feel

December 29, 2017

Shepparton's Bill Parsons with his new Tesla 2 car and Mooroopna New Year Festival's procession co-ordinator Santo Varapodio. The super-fast electric Tesla will be one of two to feature in this year's New Year procession.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Mooroopna will showcase the sleek new cutting edge of transport, with the addition of all-electric cars to this year’s motor vehicle parade.

Organiser Santo Varapodio said the annual transport cavalcade that starts the New Year’s Eve festival had been growing each year.

‘‘We’ve got vintage and classic cars, the fire brigade and emergency services, buses, big rigs and we had the big tractors last year. Now we’ve got two Tesla electric cars this year,’’ Mr Varapodio said.

‘‘Everyone’s talking about them, but they don’t know what they look like.’’

Shepparton’s Bill Parsons said his four-month-old battery-powered Tesla S could run for 1000km on a single charge and could reach 100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

Mr Varapodio said the festival organised by the Rotary Club of Mooroopna was in its 35th year and had grown from 500 people to attracting crowds of up to 8000.

‘‘It’s magic — a real affordable community event with no entry fee,’’ he said.

This year’s event at John Gray Oval and Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, off McLennan St, will feature dodgem cars, a jumping castle and a merry-go-round among other attractions as well as entertainment, food and drink stalls and the raffle of a new Hyundai car at 10.30pm followed by fireworks.

No BYO alcohol is allowed.

The street parade starts at 6.30pm from the service road at O’Brien St and Midland Hwy adjacent to Freer’s Panel Works.

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