Young Betty Butler and her friend Ruby Pirouet say hi to the children’s entertainment performers ‘The Mik Maks’. N252419

Mornington boys Ryan Harvey and Rob Hobman finish their day at the festival after their visit to the Loch Village Food and Wine Festival in the afternoon. N262419

Robyn Cutler and Lynda Kee enjoy the atmosphere of the Korumburra Southern Lights Festival event on Sunday evening. n292419

Tahlia Hopkins travelled from Longwarry to Korumburra on Sunday and treated herself with henna work from artist Lauren Perkins. N272419

Sammy Jacobson, Nevada Crimp, Kylie Osborne and Lea Crimp perform on the main stage at the festival as part of the Leongatha Lyric Theatre group act. N242419

Ruby Adkins, Maya Williams, Kasey Stoops and Chloe Stoops play their part in the Young Frankenstein production from Leongatha Lyric Theatre group at the Korumburra Southern Lights Festival. N232419

THE Korumburra Southern Lights Festival drew in a huge crowd on Sunday with thousands gathering for the inaugural winter festival organised by the Korumburra Business Association.
Event organiser, and secretary of the Korumburra business association, Shirley Arestia, was overwhelmed by the large turnout.
“I can’t believe we are here and the amount of people that have come from all over Melbourne,” said Shirley.
There was a Karmai kids’ glow zone, lantern parade, stage entertainment for both children and adults – including from The Mik Maks and Leongatha Lyric Theatre group, and the biggest lighting of a bonfire to warm up the night – with it all ending with a firework display from 9.15pm.
Market stalls welcomed creative designs from around South Gippsland and beyond.
Families were free to purchase felt fairies from Nepal, handmade dreamcatchers or natural soy fragrant candles from Stix Wicks.
“Thank you to all the small businesses who became involved, the market stalls, the food vans and the musical talent from our performers who all made this event what it is,” said Shirley.
The food didn’t disappoint with crowds lining up all evening; covering the appetites of all patrons, offering anything from coffee to Melbourne paella, hot dogs to gourmet burgers.
Friends Lesley Cherrett and Lyn Grigglestone travelled from Warragul to enjoy the festival with their families.
“This is just a wonderful, well organised inaugural event. I lived in Korumburra for over 40 years and I would love to see this occur every year for our country town,” said Lesley.
Although the festival is now finished and was a great success, the Southern Lights are not over and there is still more to see from the ‘Pick My Project’ funded event.
For six weeks during July through to August, the business association has organised a street light display in Commercial Street featuring illuminated laser cut reflections of the town.
Keep any eye out on Facebook for dates at ‘Korumburra Southern Lights’.