Gearing up for a huge weekend
Published on 09 March 2023
Moyne Shire’s six caravan parks are almost at capacity for the long weekend with a series of events happening right across the region.
Council’s two caravan parks in Port Fairy will welcome more than 8000 guests across the weekend – more than double the towns usual population - as people flock to the seaside village for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and Street Fair.
Koroit and Killarney parks are also close to fully booked with festival goers.
Yambuk Caravan Park has a couple of sites left with a fishing competition planned over the weekend and Mortlake is also close to capacity with an annual showjumping championship.
Mayor Cr Karen Foster said the Folk Festival was the biggest annual event in the shire and provided a huge economic boost for Port Fairy and the wider south-west region.
“It's a huge event for the town and the region – last year visitor spend data shows an additional $3.5 million was spent in Port Fairy across the weekend alone,” Cr Foster said.
“Council has partnered with the Folk Festival Committee to again bring the Street Fair to life – meaning those who don’t have a ticket to the festival can still come and soak up the folkie vibe.
“There is a full program of free entertainment featuring live music, buskers, kids zone as well as food and market stalls from Saturday through to Monday.”
Cr Foster said an outback experience in Koroit on Saturday, and the Mortlake Market on Monday rounded out a jam-packed weekend.
“Moyne really is the events Shire – with the headliners Koroit Irish Festival and Port Fairy Winter Weekends plus a range of other events still to come in the next few months, there's no signs of things slowing down.”