March 31, 2016 BY

Deans Marsh Festival was held on Easter Sunday with more than 3,000 people enjoying the family day out and showing their support for this year’s event theme, “Growing our Community”. The musical line-up was a highlight and included The Bash Big Band, Sarah Carroll, The Bookshop, Treehouse Uke Band, Noah Fagan, The Night Walkers, Patrick Shawcross, Chloe Miller, Rob Phillips, Tyler Lunn, Brendan Brown and The Rubber Band.
A huge range of activities was also on offer with dog races, the annual Dog Jump, a sheaf and high ball toss and the main TO GROW event – the Deans Marsh Gift.
“Visitors could enjoy the day while their children played in the kids area and everyone could assist in ‘Growing our Community’ by planting herbs and flowers grown especially for the day,” event organiser Ruth Hamilton said.
“Thank you to Winchelsea Bendigo Bank for their sponsorship of the growth project.
“This year’s dog parade was judged by special guests mayor Rose Hodge and Derryn Hinch and Cr Hodge was even lucky enough to have Derryn to sign an old scrabble book he wrote in the 70s – priceless!”
“A huge thank you to all our sponsors and we hope that next year will be bigger and better – so get it in your calendar!”
Follow the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/DeansMarshFestival for details on next year’s event.