Tuesday, February 20, 2018
COMMUNITY EVENT FOR ALL… Hundreds turned out to enjoy New Year’s celebrations at the Rotary Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival again this year. Photos: supplied.

Locals come together for New Years celebration

Editor January 10, 2018

THE Rotary Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival was another resounding success this year with organisers saying they believe that this was the 40th anniversary of the events beginning.

Rotary Mooroopna secretary, Pete Kelton said, “We were unsure until we recently established how long Rob Wallace had been doing the electrical work for the event. To be on the safe side we had mentioned that the event had been running for 30 plus years, however 2017 was actually 40 years exactly.”

Celebrations for the events newly discovered 40th anniversary may have been quite, but the event was certainly well patronised. 

Mr Kelton said, “Santo Varapodio did another great job this year with the procession. There were very good reports from those that watched it move along McLennan Street to the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.

“Similarly Barb Joyce produced another entertaining package on stage, culminating with “Smack” to take us to the raffle draw and the fireworks.

“The support within our Rotary Club to set up the event over two days and then clean-up on New Year’s day was just fantastic. Well done to all involved.

“In terms of community involvement it’s great to see local service clubs attend and Scouts each year. We even had the Mooroopna Football Netball Club involved with the bar this year, the supplies for which were purchased from the Royal Mail Hotel in Mooroopna, making it an event where the locals truly do come together.

“Thanks to the Mooroopna CFA for their assistance with access to the fire track and the CFA judges box.

“Shane Armstrong from Mr Skye Candy, has been handling our fireworks display for some time and this years by all reports were the best yet. 

“Thanks to all the local Mooroopna businesses that are perennial sponsors, Greater Shepparton City Council and Graham Thompson Motors.”