THE Wedderburn New Age Festival has divided the quiet town, with some sectors up in arms, but most of the community accepting the festival as "a step in the right direction".
An anonymous resident said you couldn't shape people's beliefs - no matter how hard you tried.
"You might give people something to think about.
"But you're not going to change their views just by running a festival," she said.
"It'll broaden people's horizons and we're not in the stone ages anymore."
Another resident said "you can't go forward if you keep going back".
"This festival will light up Wedderburn and diversity is a good thing," he said.
"We need it here.
"It doesn't matter what you believe in, we are all the same under our skin.
"And we should just let people live.
"I don't see this festival as a big deal at all - I actually think it's a great thing."
The festival, held in conjuction with Loddon Tourism, will be held on October 19, at the Wedderburn Community House.
The family friendly day will feature workshops, market stalls, natural products, displays and food.
To attend workshops, people must be 18-years-old or over.
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