Festivity Celebration; event
Festival Celebration; event
So what is a fiesta of festivities? Among different definitions of the words, two stand out as being the same for fiesta and festivity (as well as festival). These are a celebration or an event, the same definition for each of these words.
We have many celebrations and events in Benalla every year. Of course the two we talk about are the Wall to Wall Festival and the Benalla Festival in November. They are named festivals, with included celebrations and festivities.
But there are so many other events that take place, so we really should be celebrating all our events – we are a town with a fiesta of festivities.
But do you know about them all?
There are some that are promoted heavily – the Gold Cup in September and the Benalla Show in October.
We hear about several community events – the Walk to D’Feet MND; Walk & Wake Up to Dementia.
Earlier in 2019 we enjoyed The Source Benalla, an innovative event that explores our region and connects people with fantastic opportunities available right here in our own back yard. And it provides the platform for the great producers, distillers, brewers, makers, and community groups to reach out and connect with the public all in the tranquil setting of the Benalla Botanical Gardens.
We have a range of forums that are organised by various groups around our town. The most recent was the Age Friendly Community Forum
We should not forget the monthly Craft and Farmers Market – a time when many of the community and visitors enjoy our lakeside.
All of these are events… are celebrations, celebrations for fun, celebrations of what we can achieve, celebrations of what concern us and celebrations of what we are trying to change around us.
We see the results of the Yarn Bombing in August that brightens up the town in the last month of winter. 'Benalla Rugged Up' is becoming an annual yarn bombing event which came about in 2018 when thinking about something that could involve the community at a quiet time of the year - winter. At the end of winter the streetscape has little colour and the yarn bombing brings colour to the street.
And there are others that very few know about.
Did you know that there is a Strong Wool Sheep & Wool Fair in May each year? This is a celebration of sheep and wool grown in the North East of Victoria, and it is held in Benalla.
And we must not forget the events that are in some of the smaller communities that make up Benalla Rural City. Swanpool are active with the Bald Archies in previous years, and more recently the SCRAP exhibition in winter. As part of the Benalla Festival, many of these communities get involved with their own events – Tatong Art Show and Great Big Garage Sale, Moorngag Mower Mania, Goorambat Scarecrow Art amongst many.
There are exhibitions all over the town. There is the Migrant Camp Open Day, special events at the Art Gallery and at North East Artisans.
The library has weekly events for children, special events during school holidays, book readings and writing workshops.
And there are other celebrations – festivities. We each within our families and friends celebrate special occasions. Amongst our family and friends there have been several celebrations of 70th birthdays in the last twelve months – those of us born in 1948 to 1949.
We are a town of events and celebrations, so let’s celebrate and rejoice that we have such a wide range of events that we can enjoy in Benalla – a fiesta of festivities – a celebration of celebrations.