Member’s Statement – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Extracted from Hansard
23 March 2017

Member’s Statement – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Congratulations to the hardworking committee and volunteers who helped make the Port Fairy Folk Festival a huge success over the long weekend.

The seaside village was a hive of activity as an estimated 30 000 people spent the weekend listening to a vast array of entertainment on offer. The Folkie, as it is commonly known, has grown from humble beginnings on the back of a truck in a local park to a multi-stage event, an internationally renowned festival.

It is a self-sustaining model, and it is run largely on the power of volunteers. The best part of the festival is the way it gives back to the local community. The festival committee makes donations to the hospital and other groups, while schools, sporting clubs, community groups and service clubs all chip in over the weekend and use the festival to raise money for their cause.

Well done to president Bruce Leishman, program director Caroline Moore and all committee members and volunteers on another brilliant event.