Planning for this year’s Festival of the Falling Leaf is ticking along nicely, with the selection of ‘water’ as the theme for the 2017 celebrations.
Chairperson of the event Doug Martin said the organising group picked the theme based on Tumut’s premiere attractions.
“We had timber last year, so we went for water this year,” he explained.
“We’re looking at fishing, water skiing, things like that. We’re hoping a few of the floats might decide to have a water theme to them boats, fish, and so on. It gives them an opportunity to go that way.”
Organisers have asked for the community to submit their favourite ‘water’ photos through their Facebook page: “On the 29th April we will be celebrating Tumut’s beautiful rivers and dams and showcasing the many fishing, water-sport and swimming options in and around our town. Right now we’re looking for photos to use on our page and website to help with promotion. Do you have a photo you’d be willing to share with us that showcases how you enjoy water around Tumut? Send them through and we’ll use them on our page,” they said in a post.
The Festival has been running for over sixty years. It was created in 1954 by local headmaster Alf Wood, who enlisted the help of the Rotary Club to put together a celebration of the region’s spectacular Autumn colours.
It will feature a parade down Russell Street, street stalls in Wynyard Street, and a food court in the Commercial Carpark. There will be a range of dining options along with coffee vans and a beer stall run by the Tumut River Brewing Co.
They are currently taking applications for street stalls, which can be made through their website at www.fallingleaffestival. com.au.
Mr Martin said he has high hopes for this year’s incarnation of the popular event.
“We’ve got a good crew so it should be as good if not better than last year,” he said.
“We’re hoping to have a bit more entertainment for the kids.”
The event will take place from April 29, but Mr Martin has his eye on a different date, when he’ll finally be able to put his feet up after months of hard work.
“I’m looking forward to May 1, when it’ll all be over,” he laughed.