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Fun4Kids Festival

What fun we had!

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

After 19 festivals the curtain is to come down on one of Australia’s longest running children’s festivals, Fun4Kids.

“As a community we can look back with pride at how Fun4Kids helped put Warrnambool on the map as a winter destination and provided enormous enjoyment for families over nearly two decades,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Robert Anderson said.

 “While the festival still drew crowds, in recent years those crowds had become smaller and ultimately we’ve made the difficult decision to call time on the festival.

“Growing financial pressures on local government and changing family holiday choices have also been factors.

“It’s a good opportunity now to reflect on the incredible community effort that went in to staging Fun4Kids.

“Hundreds of TAFE students and volunteers helped make it reality.

“The Triton Woodworkers prepared tens of thousands of wood working kits for tens of thousands of children.

“The tapping of dozens of little hammers was a sound synonymous with the festival.

“And we also drew some big name performers: Cosentino, The Wiggles, Jimmy Giggle and Peppa Pig to name a few.

“From the Council we say a big thank you to all who played a part in the wonderful Fun4Kids story.”

Cr Anderson said changing habits and expectations were among the reasons behind the decision to move on from Fun4Kids.

“There’s no doubt that parents are looking for different entertainment for their children.

“The multi-day nature of Fun4Kids does not have the appeal it did.

“We’re competing against electronic entertainment and an era in which families can enjoy relatively inexpensive international air travel.

“But there is still a huge interest from people in coming to Warrnambool to holiday and take part in events – we’ve seen that in the great response to the Nitro Circus.

“Over time we are aiming to have events spread over the whole year and these events will evolve and change with people’s interests, budgets and expectations.

“Importantly, we also have the expectations of ratepayers to consider.”


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