Sun shines on mardi gras

THE weather Gods blessed Maffra with a beautiful, sunny day and kept the wind to a minimum for the well attended, 60th Maffra Mardi Gras on Saturday.

Maffra Rotary Club secretary Helen Lanigan said the day was “very pleasant”, and attracted a happy crowd who enjoyed the social atmosphere, food stalls, and entertainment.

“Most of the food stalls sold out completely, and it was just a happy crowd who enjoyed the day,” she said.

Ms Lanigan said lots of community groups were involved in the parade this year, which was again a big hit with the crowd.

The award for the best school or kindergarten float went to Boisdale Consolidated School, which will receive $500.

Second was St Mary’s Primary School, Maffra, ($300) and third and Glassford Kindergarten ($200).

The encouragement award, a cycling store voucher, went to Maffra Primary School.

The Joan Laws award for the best community float (schools not included) went to High Country Whipcrackers, while the Liz Shepherd award for the best overall float (schools may be included) was taken out by Boisdale Consolidated School.

During six weeks of fundraising, Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras entrants Kelly Gaudion and Sarah Edey raised a combined total of almost $30,000.

Sarah raised $21,856 for Maffra Football-Netball Club, while Kelly secured $6236 for Stratford Primary School, making Sarah the top fundraiser for the 2019 event.