Festival of the Falling Leaf gala day shelved

The Festival of the Falling Leaf street parade will return in 2019, but the gala market day in the park will not.

The 2019 Festival of the Falling Leaf Gala Market Day in Bila Park has been called off, but the festival street parade will go ahead.

The Festival of the Falling Leaf Committee met this week and cited a lack of volunteers and a turnover in executive roles as the contributing factors in the decision to call off the market day portion of the festival day, scheduled for April 18 next year.

One of the major events on the Tumut calendar, the annual festival has featured a range of events over the years, but traditionally has comprised the street parade, a gala day featuring markets and children’s rides, and the night-time fireworks.

While the annual fireworks event is yet to be locked in for next year, the committee is optimistic that the popular event will go ahead, pending final budget discussions in the coming days. Committee chairperson Rod Blundell said that while the committee understood the community would be disappointed with the decision to cancel the gala day, it was more important that a quality, well-organised event was presented rather than one that resulted in stretching the limited resources currently available.

“We are still holding the street parade and are committed to working hard with the team to create an outstanding event in 2019,” Mr Blundell said.

“More volunteers have come aboard in recent days, however, given how close we now are to the event we, as a group, decided to have them focus solely on the development of the festival in 2020.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors and community members that have supported the festival in previous years and hope that they continue to drive the festival to greater things in the future”.

The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the gala market day, parade and entertainment in 2020. Due to Anzac Day falling on the last Saturday in April the festival will be held the week before on the 18th April. All enquiries should be directed to Rod Blundell, Chairperson Festival of the Falling Leaf festival[email protected] gmail.com.