Magnificent Mardi Gras

The Maffra Mardi Gras winner Meg Knobel, pictured with husband Trent, raised more than $35,000 for the Maffra Football-Netball Club.

The Maffra Mardi Gras winner Meg Knobel, pictured with husband Trent, raised more than $35,000 for the Maffra Football-Netball Club.

HUNDREDS lined Johnson St for the Maffra Mardi Gras on Saturday evening.

The sole entrant, Maffra Football-Netball Club's Meg Knobel, raised more than $35,000, a remarkable effort over six weeks.

As well as raffling a new car, Meg ran social nights and dozens of small events.

She said it was heartening to see the support from across the district.

"There were so many different people that weren't just involved in the football netball club," she said.

"We, and everyone, should be very proud to call Maffra home."

Organiser Pauline Hitchins said conditions were perfect, and the club should be very proud of their work.

"It's as much as two or three entrants would have raised, so it's certainly an excellent effort," she said.

The street parade featured almost 40 floats, including classic cars and massive tractors, led by the Maffra Municipal Band.

The Liz Shepard Memorial trophy for best overall entry went to Alan Potter's Humungus rig, from Mad Max 2. The immense engine and flamethrowers certainly impressed the crowd.

Maffra Secondary College won school parade prize.

Maffra Secondary College won school parade prize.

Maffra Football-Netball Club's Beauty and the Beast-themed float won the Joan Laws Perpetual trophy for best community float, while Maffra Secondary won the school parade prize, in front of Glassford Kinder and Maffra Primary School.

Next year's parade will celebrate 60 years since the event's inception, with a St Patrick's Day theme.

Organisers are already calling for community groups to begin planning entries.

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