Sunday, March 31, 2013

selbyfest goes wild

Hearty congratulations to the organisers of Selbyfest, it was wonderful to see so many locals come out to support what’s become a regular part of the hills festival calendar.

This year’s Selbyfest had everything we love about the festival and more. Tracey and Jeanene from Selby Community House played a central role in the coordination of the event and they did a great job.

Jeanene from Selby Community House played a key
role in the organisation of Selbyfest.

This year’s theme was Go Wild and the Minak Reserve was a fitting venue as one of the Shire’s highest biodiversity and conservation reserves. It was terrific to see local environmentalists run 30 minute walk and talks through the reserve as part of the event offerings available at Selbyfest.

The Youth Stage in the ampitheatre provided young bands with an opportunity to perform and Selbyfest tapped into the youth demographic with some great entertainment on offer throughout the day.

bev were one of the bands performing on the youth stage.

The house was a great venue for the vast array of singer songwriters we are blessed to have in the Hills.  Whilst the All Saints Church Selby Men’s Shed members provided great entertainment for the kids with a build and ride billy cart activity.

Food vendors were overrun and it was great to see the event supported by local businesses from Belgrave and Kallista along with Selby stalwarts, the Selby CFA, running the always popular sausage sizzle.

The oval provided performance space too for local artists, a funspace for the kids and a great location for the vast array of stallholders. 

The Fashion Parade has become a Selbyfest highlight, this year was no exception. It was wonderful to be able to MC the parade, I had great fun and I hope I did justice to the models and the local fashion emporiums showcasing their wares.

It is great to be part of a community that embraces participation and connection. It was wonderful to see the cooperation of many different groups throughout the hills, to make Selbyfest such a success. Once again I congratulate Selbyfest organisers, you did a great job.

The Belgrave Branch of the Bendigo Bank also contributed
to Selbyfest. I am proud to be able to support the event
through the Yarra Ranges Festival Grant program and my
community ward fund.

Local artist Glenn Scolyer, took to painting this van as
part of Selbyfest activities for the day.

Cr Samantha Dunn and Peter Cook, it was great to
see Peter there representing the Dandenong Ranges
Renewable Energy Association and have a yarn about
all things renewable energy. Click here for more
info on DRREA.

Selby Community House did a roaring trade in chai and
curry plates.

Voski von Muller models at the Fashion Parade, a great
local shop with every fashion need, you can find them on
The Wrapt Ya models gave a great performance, you can
find Wrapt Ya at local markets and festivals.

Hugs for Kids in Belgrave were a new addition to the
Fashion Parade, great kids fashion and
super cute too - you can check them out online here.


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