IT’S on again, the 61st Daffodil Festival, starting this Friday, September 1, the first day of spring, and preparations are at fever pitch right across the town.
As usual, the event focuses on the Daffodil and Floral Show in the Leongatha Memorial Hall, where the doors are thrown open to visitors from 1.30pm on Friday, September 1.
Opening times for the flower and photography show are as follows:
• Friday, September 1, 1.30pm-5pm
• Saturday, September 2, 9am-5pm, and
* Sunday, September 3, 9am-4pm.
There’s bound to be one of the very best displays of daffodils ever seen in Australia and an amazing array of camellias as well, plus Australian plants, cut flowers and the famous plant stall where you can buy all sorts of plants for your garden.
This year they’ve also got a photography show which will be part of the flower show for the first time.
You can submit photos of the following: daffodils, your favourite flower, tree or Australian plant. Try a picture of mushrooms or fungi, life in the garden and ‘around South Gippsland’. There’s a lot of inspiration there and you might try a photo looking down the garden path or something that depicts the season.
Remember there’s a new easy entry system. You no longer need to phone in entries prior to the show. Just bring your entries from 3pm, August 31 or until 10.30am Friday, September 1 and the stewards will guide you through this simple staging method. It has worked well with the Leongatha Rose Spectacular for the past few years and it’s great for beginners.
Please note, send photography entries to: PO Box 371, Leongatha 3953
There’s also no mass mailing of schedules this year, but you may get one on request from Sue Thompson 5668 6334 or Lillian Brittain email to lbrittain@fastmail.fm or phone 5657 3268. There are also places around town where you can pick up a program.
Other events
• Also new this year, the flower show will stay open until Sunday. This is to be concurrent with the 41st Leongatha Rotary Art and Photography Show, from September 1 – 3, Mesley Hall, Leongatha. Full details: www.leonartshow.com.au & www.visitpromcountry.com.au
• On Saturday, September 2, the Leongatha Daffodil Festival will be encouraging and celebrating community involvement during a complementary festival in Bair Street, Lyon Street and Michael Place. Organised by the Leongatha Chamber Of Commerce and Industry it will boast all kinds of fun activities, see advert this issue.
• At the Leongatha Uniting Church, it’s ‘30 Years of Needle and Thread’. For info contact helenp.williams@bigpond.com or Glenice 5662 3959.
• At St. Peter’s Anglican Church: Flowers in Praise and Friends of Library Book Sale. Also Devonshire Teas. Contact Sue 5662 0916. Information: imdewar@dcsi.net.au
• In the Memorial Hall Complex, there’ll be the gallery and South Gippsland Woodworkers. Contact Glenice 5662 2082 or the Citizens Advice Bureau 5662 2111.
• South Gippsland Gemstone and Lapidary Club, Old Bowling Club: Chris 0439 622 105.
• Leongatha Historical Society, Mechanics Institute: 5662 2492.
• South Gippsland Australian Plants Society display at Memorial Hall, Senior Citizens activities, Woorayl CWA display, SG Historical Auto Club, South Gippsland Brass Band.
• Open garden at Barry and Glenys Paterson’s Glenbar Garden, 48a Parr Street, Leongatha. 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2. Gold Coin entry at garden. See: www.springissouthgippsland.com.au
Leongatha Horticultural Society: General Information: 5657 3268.