May we take this opportunity to congratulate the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower Men’s Shed Inc. for an excellent day on Sunday, November 3, at the Inaugural Tarwin District Auto Festival held at the Tarwin Lower Recreational Reserve.
In addition to collections of motor vehicles there were tractors and vintage engines, motorcycles, a WWII army tank providing demonstrations and hay baling.
A T-model Ford that had travelled from interstate would surely impress the vintage Ford collector.
Our involvement was as exhibitors in the vintage engine compound, and we were greatly impressed with our assigned location, it was on high ground and visible.
Visitors were thus greeted with big wheels and popping machinery noises before even parking their cars. We’d travelled a fair distance to attend, and we were warmly welcomed.
There was a substantial number of activities for the younger ones and in all cases, these were at no cost as under 15s had free entry to the festival. Entry cost per adult was the only outlay and seemed very reasonable.
We saw mini-golf, jumping castle, fairy floss, animal nursery and a horse drawn wagon offering tours of the site. We would say thank you to the operators of those activities for their voluntary contribution.
A variety of market stalls offering food, craft and swap-meet style goods were there, a couple of raffles and an auction.
Services groups and wildlife protection and the Bald Hills Wind Farm amongst others were represented too.
There was a Rock-a-Billy dance troupe complete with old style caravan and a 1950s pickup; joining in was welcomed for those so blessed – or brave.
An easy-listening guitarist playing a variety of amplified music busker style added to the entertainment.
We understand that due to the success of the inaugural festival, it will run again next year.
We look forward to hearing more and expect to be back supporting this worthy cause.
A well-deserved pat-on-the-back to the organisers and sponsors. We were impressed with the tiny hamlet of Tarwin Lower, the weather was as good as, and there seemed to be a real community spirit behind this family event.
Graham and Kerry Harris, Langwarrin.