See who braved the cold to kick off Summer Sundays 

A HARDY bunch of Ballarat families and friends braved chilly conditions to set up picnics at last night’s first Summer Sundays event of the year.

Despite a downpour at 3.30pm, the sun returned for more than 200 people who went along for tunes and good food at Fairyland, Lake Foreshore.

People used what they could find to get comfy –including milk crates and bean bags – and crackers and dip were an essential ingredient of the evening. 

Toe-tapping started at 5pm when local band Matheson took to the stage, belting out alternative country and rock.

Loyal Summer Sundays couple Fiona and Graeme Best said they had attended Summer Sundays events in previous years, where up to 2000 people attended on sunny evenings.

“There’s a variety of acts that come on,” Ms Best said. 

“It’s just a pleasant few hours to get out. Normally the weather has been really good.” 

Set up toward the back with a good book in hand, each said they enjoyed the vibe.

“We weren’t going to come but then we looked at the radar and it looked OK,” Mr Bates said.

“If it was howling wind and pouring we wouldn’t have bothered, but it turned out ok.”

The event was moved from the Botanical Gardens location due to reseeding of grass.

Adelaide-based band The Timbers capped off an enjoyable evening.

Councillor Peter Innes said the event provided a great opportunity for the community to bond.

“For the council to sponsor these events it’s all about the community. People can come and relax, it’s great,” Cr Innes said. 

“In really good weather you would expect a couple of thousand.” 

Upcoming Summer Sunday events

Sunday, January 12

5 - 6.15pm The Mondlarks Hammond B3 Trio

6.45 - 8pm The Pearly Shells Hot Four

Dessert by La Crepe Downunder

Sunday, January 19

5 - 6.15pm The Virginia Slims

6.45 - 8pm Shirazz

Dessert by Cake Bakeshop