Moe to light up the night

ORGANISERS are hoping for a big crowd of families to descend on Moe for the annual Community Carnival and Musical Fireworks Display on Saturday.

Traditionally known as Moe Bonfire Night, the carnival organised by the Apex and Lions clubs is set to draw families from across the Latrobe Valley to enjoy the activities on offer.

Brian Taffs from Moe Apex Club said past carnivals had attracted about 5000 people and this year could be similar, depending on the weather.

“We target families; young families come along in droves to watch the fireworks and put their chairs and blankets on the ground to watch them and have a good time,” he said.

While the bonfire night has evolved over the years to become more of a community carnival, one thing has remained: the free entry.

“There are not many things that you can go to these days that are free, which is all down to the sponsorship and the support of businesses getting behind it,” Mr Taffs said.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from people thanking us that we do keep it free entry to allow everyone to enjoy it.”

New attractions at this year’s carnival include lawnmower races and a fireworks show synchronised to music.

Carnival-goers can also expect rides, a petting zoo, a ‘scoff-a-snag’ competition, dog high jumping and displays by State Emergency Services and Country Fire Authority.

There will also be food and live music.

Gates at Moe Apex Park will open at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit about 8pm and the fireworks display starts at 9pm.