Festival set to lift spirits

February 27, 2018

RAAF hot air balloons will be the main attraction at this year's TatFest.

Addison Tyler, 5, from Tatura, at last year's Tatfest.

A day filled with fun and happiness awaits the whole family at this year’s TatFest.

Celebrating its second year, the free event at Tatura promises to be bigger and better than last year, with hot air balloon rides as one of the main attractions.

TatFest organiser Sharon Hopkins was looking forward to showcasing the sky-high activity.

‘‘I was looking for something that hasn’t been seen before and something that we usually don’t have, when I came across hot air balloon rides online,’’ Ms Hopkins said.

The RAAF hot air balloons will be tethered 60m above the ground.

Those looking for something closer to the ground will have a wide range of entertainment, a variety of food stalls and beverage providers from across the Goulburn Valley.

‘‘Tat Hotel will be putting on beers and we’ll be having cider from local business, Snakes and Ladders Cider,’’ Ms Hopkins said.

Children will be entertained by a petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting, as well as tennis and cricket demonstrations from clubs.

There will also be science experiments for children from 11am to 11.30am and a special visit from Prime Possum from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

‘‘Pretty much the whole town is getting involved,’’ Ms Hopkins said.

‘‘Our aim is to highlight everything the Goulburn Valley and Tatura has to offer.’’

Ms Hopkins was positive this year’s event would beat last year’s crowd number of 1500 visitors.

‘‘It was a fabulous event (last year) and I know people will be back with their family and friends,’’ she said.

There are also a number of attractions for adults, including demonstrations from Ambulance Victoria, devonshire teas and entertainment from a range of buskers.

All profits from the event will be donated to Moyola Lodge to support buying a new bus.

TatFest will be at Mactier Gardens, Hogan St, Tatura, on Sunday, March 4, from 10am to 4pm.

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