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GALLERY: Maldon Easter Fair

MORE than 1000 people lined the streets of Maldon for the 137th Easter fair grand procession on Monday. 

A popular event among locals, the parade drew people from far and wide, including East Keilor's Vladimir Grisinski. 

Mr Grisinski said he had always wanted to spend the Easter holiday in a new place and had decided on Maldon. 

He said he was impressed by the parade and the sense of community it conjured. 

"There are lots of big events in Melbourne (during Easter)," he said. 

"But they have become too commercial.

"(The Maldon Easter Fair) is an example of our history, where we come from - I think that is important to (preserve)."

The parade started at 10.30am with the Maldon Brass Band leading a long line of proud and passionate community organisations. 

Maldon Pre-School and Maldon Primary School, the local Country Women's Association, the Maldon Social Dog Club, local fire brigades and the State Emergency Service, and many more, were involved. 

Bob and Mary Garlepp of Welshmans Reef have attended the parade for more than 30 years and said they were yet to tire of it. 

"It is very entertaining," Mr Garlepp said. 

"It is not commercial and is a good opportunity to meet people - there are always lots of people around."

Mr Garlepp said he enjoyed the intimacy of the parade and said it was good for the town. 

"You can watch it very easily," he said. 

"It's unlike other parades which have become really big."

The annual egg toss took place at the end of the parade, with participants putting their throwing and catching skills to the test. 

Castlemaine's Clare McLean said her sons Jack, 4, and Sam, 5, were yet to miss an Easter parade. 

"They have been every year since they were born," she said. 

"It's a tradition."

She said the boys loved the fair rides but also enjoyed watching the parade. 

"It is something I hope we continue (to do)," she said. 

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