Easter fair showcases town

HISTORIC Maldon started celebrating Easter on Thursday when its Easter Fair Festival started.

Historic town draws people in with annual Easter Fair Festival

But Maldon Easter Fair Festival secretary Alisha Nolan says the biggest day of the festival is Saturday.

"We started with the Great Aussie Scone Bake on Thursday, which is always a success and (yesterday) we had a busking in the street competition," she said.

"Saturday is our biggest day with a market running all day and the torchlight procession at night."

Community organisations including local CFA crews and the SES will participate in the procession and the parade on Monday.

"The Torchlight Procession will be followed by Dancing in the Street," Ms Nolan said.

"It is one of the biggest nights of the year in Maldon. Stacks of people take part in it."

But Ms Nolan said that was just half of it.

The Maldon Easter Fair Festival contiues tomorrow and Monday with the Maldon Golf Club hole-in-one competition, the quilt, craft and art show and the homemade billycart event.

"This year Maldon Men's Shed made 10 billycarts for the event," Ms Nolan said.

"Usually they are all homemade but we have quite a few tourists visit and we have a few more carts so more people have a chance to race down the hill and be in the running to be champion."

Ms Nolan said she grew up in Maldon and had been to the Easter fair for the past 25 years.

For the past four years she has been part of the committee.

"Dad has been in it too, and it is always a good weekend," she said.

"It started as just a parade on Mondays but it has grown to a whole weekend event.

"We get lots of support from local traders.

"Part of the appeal is coming to a historic town with historic events, it keeps people coming back."

The committee said it supported a number of community groups including the Maldon Brass Band and the CFA.

"We do our best to give back to them," Ms Nolan said.

See the Maldon Daytripper on page 8 of Weekender.

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