Mansfield is set to welcome drivers and spectators for the Targa Fest display and adrenaline pumping street stage as part of the annual Targa High Country event, on Sunday, 7 February.
Council’s General Manager Community and Corporate Services, Chris Snook, said he’s looking forward to having the event back in Mansfield next week after it was rescheduled from November 2020.
“Targa High Country is one of the highlights of the year. Not only does it bring the town to life with the street stage and Targa Fest, the competitors and all involved in the event support local businesses, which is crucial for our economic recovery.
“Targa Australia and Council have done a fantastic job pulling the event together after it was postponed due to COVID-19 last November. An enormous amount of work goes into the event behind the scenes and it’s been particularly challenging this year.” he said
Mark Perry, CEO of Targa Australia, said the format of Targa Fest has had to be amended to ensure COVIDSafe guidelines are adhered to.
“With the event being public and non-ticketed, we must manage capacity and social distancing to keep everyone safe”, said Mr Perry.
“Along with the Mansfield Shire Council, we have had to reduce the event program and promotion, sadly there won’t be live music, entertainment and food and beverage stalls this year.” he said.
Spectators are invited to view the street stage action from 2pm, and then admire the competition cars up close when they park up on High Street for the 2 hour display.
The Delatite Drivers Car Club will have a ‘Show n Shine’ display of classic cars, to add to the exciting showcase of competition cars, including vintage, classic, modern and GT competition, from 1pm – 6pm.
Council’s Senior Coordinator Community & Economic Development, Nicole Nye, said that for the first time in the history of Targa High Country, podium presentations will take place in Mansfield at the completion of the street stage.
“Having the presentations in town will add to the excitement and buzz. Spectators can view the presentations with plenty of room to spread out on corner of High and Highett Streets, before heading off for a drink or dinner in of our fabulous dining venues”. Ms Nye said.
Targa High Country is held over three days, from 5-7 February and will be completed over a number of stages throughout the Mansfield Shire and surrounding regions.
Targa High Country will return to the region in its original format as planned from 12-14 November 2021.
For full details on the road closures please go to www.targa.com.au or phone 03 6144 9500