Events postponed in heat

City prepares as weekend forecast set to top 40 degrees

SEVERAL regional events this weekend have been postponed, as the mercury is expected to climb to 40 degrees on Saturday.

The Hargreaves Mall Makers Market, Maldon Campdraft and Athletics Bendigo's track and field competition will all be moved to another time.

The Hargreaves Mall Makers Market due to take place this Saturday between 11.00am and 2.30pm has been postponed until March, after a number of stall holders withdrew.

The City of Greater Bendigo apologised for any inconvenience caused by the change.

The Maldon Campdraft, due to be held this weekend, has also been postponed until March 8 and 9 due to the hot weather.

The Campdraft - a horse and rider event where competitors must cut their cow from the mob and block it from getting back - will be held in Maldon for the 40th consecutive year.

Event organiser Trisha James said the cattle could become stressed in the heat.

“We have to look after our cattle drovers too,” she said.

The 27th annual Macedon Ranges Car Club Picnic scheduled for Hanging Rock this Sunday has also been postponed due to extreme weather.

The club and Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in consultation with regional emergency services and authorities, have made the decision based on current forecasts of strong winds and storms, and a CFA extreme fire danger rating.

Another regional event, the Athletics Bendigo's track and field competition, will be run on Friday evening instead of Saturday afternoon.

The forecast top for Saturday has led to the change by the AB executive.

Friday's meeting will start at 6pm at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill.

Residents and visitors to Bendigo are reminded that a range of other events will still go ahead as planned on Saturday including the Bendigo Community Farmers Market, at Sidney Myer Place from 9am to 1pm, and the New Generation Library Community Celebration at Bendigo Library from 10am to 2pm.

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