While this year’s Mansfield High Country Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Targa High Country and the Lake Eildon festival, which are held later in November, are planning to proceed with adjustments.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said it wasn’t an easy decision to cancel this year’s Mansfield High Country Festival.
“We held off making the decision as long as possible, but in the interests of health and safety, Council made the call to cancel the festival this year and put energy into the 2021 event,” Cr Attley said.
The Mansfield High Country Festival, much-loved by locals and visitors, was scheduled to be held from 31 October to 3 November 2020. It is usually made up of over 25 community events including the emergency services torchlight parade, fireworks and grand parade all requiring a huge amount of stakeholder and volunteer effort.
Cr Attley said next year’s festival will be much anticipated.
“As the longest running event in the Mansfield Shire the festival will be missed this year but will come back better than ever in 2021,” she said.
Spring Arts which is an Arts Mansfield initiative and is usually held in conjunction with Mansfield High Country Festival, will proceed in a modified version. Council is pleased to be able to continue to support Arts Mansfield in delivering an alternate Spring Arts program that will inspire and engage our community.
Council has been advised by Targa that Targa High Country will at this stage go ahead on 13 – 15 November.
“Targa organisers are confident they can run the event within the required restrictions by making alterations on how the event will be delivered
Targa Fest which hosts the biggest audience of the event, and is held after the street stage, will not proceed in its traditional format and will be modified to fit with social distancing requirements.
Being optimistic that COVID-19 restrictions will ease from Stage 3, Council has made the decision that the Lake Eildon Festival, due to be held 28 November, will proceed in a modified version.
“This is a great opportunity to think ‘outside the square’ on how this event is delivered, so if anyone has any brilliant ideas, Council would like to hear them.
“The Arts Mansfield, Targa High Country and Lake Eildon Festival plans gives us all something we can still look forward to getting involved in this year, albeit in a new way.
“It’s been an unusual year overall, having to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, but we look forward to continuing with the festival tradition in November next year.”