Due to the Coronavirus 19 Pandemic and resultant lockdown it was necessary to cancel the Festival in both 2020 and 2021. With the recent removal of Covid restrictions statewide, planning is now proceeding for the 2022 event to be held on Sunday 20 March 2022.
Some background to the Gnome and Fairy Festival
Following the success of our first Gnome Festival on Australia Day, 2013, the event was re-titled as “The Gnome and Fairy Festival” in 2014 and held each year since then on a date in February or March that avoids other local community events and fits in with the school year.
The 2019 Gnome and Fairy Festival was held on Sunday 17 March last. In contrast to the previous year, the weather was fine and warm and the event was a great success. Thank you to the many people and family groups who attended and made it such an enjoyable day. Thank you also to the many stall holders, side show operators and volunteers who all contributed to the success of the day. AS mentioned above, the event was cancelled in both 2021 and 2022 due the the Covid pandemic and necessary restrictions.
The venue for the Festival in 2022 was again the George Woods Reserve, Governor Road, Mordialloc, next to the boat launching ramp to Mordialloc Creek. Melways Map Reference: 92 G 2.
The Festival brings Fun to Families with a whole range of activities focusing particularly on children up to 10 years of age. However there were activities to suit all ages.
The program for the day was similar to previous years. Following the tragedy in Tasmania in 2021, there was no jumping castle at this year’s festival. However, there will be plenty of other activities. The flyer advertising this year’s festival is shown below and can be downloaded from the link below:
Update on 2022 Gnome and Fairy Festival from President Brian Foley
Well the big day for 2022 has now been and gone. And what a great, successful and happy day it was. Right from 10 am large numbers of young families with plenty of fairies, and a few gnomes, began streaming in. They continued coming up to around 3.30 pm. A big factor was the fine weather. Thank you to everyone – members, partner, volunteers, friends of the club, stall holders, in deed everyone who helped make the day a great success. Thanks also to the many families as well as individuals who all contributed to the happy day. It was estimated that some 5000 people attended over the course of the day
A part of the festival, a raffle with three prizes was drawn on Sunday afternoon. Prize winners were:
First Prize. Beach Trolley and picnic equipment. Matt from Greensborough
Second prize: Tambo outdoor fire pit. Adam from Cheltenham
Third prize: Outdoor barrel fountain and weather station. Lulu from Mentone