The guests of honour at this year’s Festival of the Falling Leaf will be father-son water racing team Ken and Dave Warby.
Ken Warby set the World Water Speed Record in 1978 on Blowering Dam with a boat he built himself in his shed, and it hasn’t been beaten since.
Now, Ken is advising son Dave as the younger Warby builds a boat he intends to use to beat the nearly four decade strong record.
The Warbys will be participating in the street parade alongside Tumut community leader Rowan Bieske.
From there they will be hanging out at the Tumut Rotary stand near Tumut Valley Appliances to chat with festival-goers and sign autographs.
Festival spokesperson Donna Wilson said the Warbys were one of many draw cards for what is shaping up to be a great festival.
“We’ve got lots of things going on, especially on the main stage – music and performers and didgeridoo players and all sorts of things.
“At the Outdoor Power Centre they’re going to be there with boats on display and also a big fish tank full of trout fingerlings, and you have to guess how many fingerlings are in the tank – with some great prizes up for grabs.
“There’s Damien Widdison, a 12 year old juggler who juggles balls, clubs, rings, tennis racquets and even on occasion, fire. He has used his juggling skills to raise over $2,500 for the Cancer Council, in memory of his grandfather, and he also won the 2016 Australia Day Talent Quest encouragement award – don’t miss Damien as he juggles his way around the Snowy Hydro market place on Festival day.”
The Festival is on this Saturday, April 29, but it’s still not too late to put your hand up for a float in the street parade.
“Participating in the Coles Street Parade is a fun, inclusive and exciting way to get involved and promote your business or group to locals as well as visitors from around the region,” said Ms Wilson.
“See our website for all the details and to download the entry form. We’d love to have you involved.”
There are also volunteering opportunities for those looking to get hands-on with the festival and contribute to an iconic community event.
Setting up helpers pitch in from 6.30am to 8.30am, and packing up runs from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.