ORGANISERS have praised the people of Ballarat for making the 13th annual Springfest a roaring success.
Despite the cold weather, patches of pouring rain, and even a capsized dragon boat, more than 20,000 people flocked to the lake to sample some of the great food and entertainment.
Springfest director Frank Cotronea said the more than 400 stall holders and thousands of visitors made for memorable weekend.
“Weekends like this just show how the great the community, the people of Ballarat, are,” he said.
“It really doesn’t get any better.”
Mr Cotronea said numbers over the weekend were some of the best in the event’s history, despite the less than favourable conditions.
“Those numbers are up there with the highest we’ve ever had,” he said.
“People just kept coming and coming, streaming around the lake. It was great.”
More than 1000 people helped kick off the event on Saturday night with live music and an impressive display of lanterns floating on Lake Wendouree.
Setting up their various stalls around the lake yesterday morning, most stall holders remained positive as rain clouds loomed.
Lyn Swards of Lyn’s Embroidery and Craft, attending her third Springfest, said the weather was similar to her first time at the event and it hadn’t deterred the crowd at all.
“People just kept coming past all rugged up,” Ms Swards said.
“If it stays like this it won’t be too bad, but if it starts teeming rain it might make a difference.”
It was mostly smooth sailing for the teams of dragon boat races too, until one boat capsized in the middle of the lake due to strong winds.
Thankfully no one was injured as the crew, all wearing life jackets, swam to shore.