Ballarat celebrates spring | video

Town Criers Gavin Barker, Philip Greenbank and Brian Whykes at the 2016 Springfest event around Lake Wendouree. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Town Criers Gavin Barker, Philip Greenbank and Brian Whykes at the 2016 Springfest event around Lake Wendouree. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Organisers of Lake Wendouree’s Springfest have celebrated the ideal, sunny weather conditions that attracted a bumper crowd to enjoy the annual event on Sunday.

Rotary Club of Ballarat Springfest director Barbara Glass, who has been involved in the festival for 25 years, said up to 30,000 people enjoyed the annual lakeside festival, carnival and market.

It’s all this connectivity with the community that I really love – so many organisations working together and with us to make this day happen. - Springfest director Barbara Glass

With temperatures reaching a pleasant 19°C with light winds and no rain, Ballarat residents and visitors alike came out in droves to sample the plethora of craft, gift and food stalls, entertainment and boat races.

“We’ve all been holding out for lots and lots of sunshine and lots of people to come and join us,” Mrs Glass said.

“It’s all come together so well, and we’re so thrilled to welcome everyone.”

Mrs Glass said this year’s Springfest highlights included a Defence Force recruiting display, which showcased the battalion’s specialised equipment, and a children’s wonderfest at the yacht club with jumping castles and cupcake decorating.

She also gave a nod to local organisations like the Ballarat East Men’s Shed, who were on hand to help attendees pot their own plants in wooden boxes to take home.

“It’s all this connectivity with the community that I really love – so many organisations working together and with us to make this day happen,” she said.

Mrs Glass said annually, Springfest raised between $50,000 and $60,000 from stallholder fees and sponsorship.

This money will this year be distributed to nine beneficiaries, including Very Special Kids, Food is Free, the Sovereign Hill Red Coat Appeal and the On Track Foundation.

“Each of the beneficiary groups are here helping us with the weekend – selling raffle tickets, assisting us marshalling, assisting with the setup,” she said.

“We’ve had a huge amount of support from the City of Ballarat, especially the custodian of the lake, he’s our absolute stalwart supporter.”