Meeniyan was ‘hot, hot, hot’ last Saturday as the town burst into action, celebrating at the second ‘Meeniyan On Fire’ family fun day and once again the weather gods smiled upon the town providing mild and sunny weather.
It seemed that ‘all roads lead to Meeniyan,’ as hundreds of people came in droves throughout the day from far and wide. Locals and those from nearby towns including Foster, Fish Creek, Leongatha and Mirboo North rubbed shoulders with those from as far as the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne.
Organised by the Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association, the event was officially opened by the ‘town crier’ – Paul Hendry of MADS.
There were bargains aplenty to be had at around 30 stalls that lined the main street, with both community members and local traders offering everything from pre-loved household items to glorious watercolours and handcrafted clocks.
Entertainment throughout the day was provided by bands including The Buffalo Boys, the South Gippsland Brass Band, Beggs To Differ, Tarago Country, Tarnya and Deb, Accoustic Kitchen, and Andy Mitchell keeping everyone’s toes tapping. Radio 3GG’s Big Breakfast announcer, Meagz, broadcasted live from just outside the IGA Supermarket, adding to the party atmosphere with plenty of music.
The entertainment continued on into the evening with The Buffalo Boys playing at the Family Bush Dance at the Meeniyan Hotel.
Those who like to take an active approach to fun tried their skill at the abseiling wall. Barry Ferguson and his team from South Gippsland Abseiling were showing both young and old ‘the ropes’ on behalf of the South Gippsland District Scouts. The perennially popular jumping castle had the littlies bouncing around.
Marty ‘Moo’ Thomas, of the Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association, said that due to the success of the day, this wonderful celebration will definitely be an annual event, held at around the same time each year.
“The Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association is grateful for the participation of both the local community and visitors to the area and also to the Gardiner Foundation and South Gippsland Shire Council for their wonderful support,” Marty said.