Maldon puts on a grand day out | Photos

More than 100 parade entries filled the town centre of Maldon on Monday. 

The town held its 140th Easter fair this weekend, which finished with a grand procession parade on Monday morning.

Jaimie Wicks and her horse Noah led the Maldon Easter Fair grand procession on Monday.

The pair took the honour from Bill McKnight who was ill and rode in the Australia Day award winners cart.

“It was meant to be Bill but he was ill, so he asked me,” Jaimie said.

“There was a great atmosphere and a lot of people with happy faces looking on. It was quite cool.

“Noah went really well considering he had never had a flag waved near him and it was a different experience.”

Jaimie and her partner run Sandy Creek Clydesdale and had horses elsewhere in the procession as well.

“This is our fifth year in the parade. My father-in-law helps organise the events and we are all actively invovled,” she said.

“There has always been a leader horse in the grand procession. Last year it was a palomino but he has retired and they needed a new flag bear. 

“I’ll be happy to hand the reigns back to Bill next year but he may have to fight me for it.”

Community flocks to Maldon Easter Fair

With the sun shining and crowds building along historic streets, Maldon put on a grand day out on Easter Monday. 

The traditional Maldon Easter Fair grand procession had more than 100 entries from community groups, local businesses and residents in the morning.

During the afternoon traditional games and attractions fill the streets to close out the Easter weekend in central Victoria.

Maldon Easter Fair parade organiser Liz Woodward has been involved in the fair for 20 years.

She said it was one of the biggest fairs yet.

“This is one of our biggest fairs yet. It's a well-run machine. I have been running the parade for five years,” Ms Woodward said.

“We have downsized some events from the past and brought it more into the centre of town. The events that work are the ones we stick with. 

“I think people keep coming because of the community feeling. It is run by the locals and it's always a welcoming feeling to come in to Maldon. 

“Even people on our Facebook page say they come back for Easter because they want to go to the fair.”

Greg Ginger was part of the commentary team who called the procession from outside the Maldon Hotel.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend and the weather been exceptionally kind,” he said.

“We had about 100 entrants in the procession made up of community and commercial entries, vintage cars and bikes, and the emergency services vehicles. 

“Activities continued with egg toss, a spinning wheel, lion dancing displays vintage car displays and other entertainment intertwined through the afternoon.

“This year certainly bigger than last year. It's a free event, and if wasn’t for sponsors or donations it wouldn't run.”

The Maldon Easter Fair began in 1877 and is one of the oldest continuously running fairs in Australia.

Other parts of the fair included the Maldon Golf Club’s hole in one competition on Easter Saturday and the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum’s annual Easter Machinery Rally.

Through the weekend town residents flocked to the torchlight procession, dancing in the streets, billy-cart races and the scone bake competition.

“For me the highlight is Dancing in the Street,” Ms Woodward said.

“The main street is lit up and people dance like crazy. There’s no other event like this one.”