MORE than a million dollars is expected to be pumped into the Corangamite economy this weekend with a range of festivals and events expected to attract thousands of people.
Nanjing Night Net

The second Terang Country Music Festival on Saturday, Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters Festival, the Corangamite Foodies’ Feast in Camperdown on Friday night, and the Kangaroobie Klassic in Princetown on Sunday are all expected to draw large crowds.

Corangamite Shire’s manager of economic development and tourism, Terry Binder, said it would be a busy weekend across the region.

“There will be something for everyone,” he said.

“We have been keen to promote events across the shire over the past 12 months, and are really looking forward to the weekend.”

Mr Binder said he did not expect the Terang and Camperdown events to take visitors away from each other, even though the towns are only 20 minutes apart.

“Each of the events cater for different markets, so we think it’s more a case of them complementing each other, rather than clashing.

“The Foodies’ Feast, with celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, kicks it all off on Friday night, with 200 guests enjoying a meal made with produce from local suppliers,” he said.

“The Terang Country Music Festival on Saturday, we think, will attract between 1500 and 2000 people from both the local region and from other areas of the state, while Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters Festival on Saturday and Sunday will appeal to a different market and attract people from the local area.

He said the Lakes and Craters Festival had been revamped this year and the date changed to coincide with the Foodies’ Feast on Friday night.

“We have been working with the organisers to try and tie it in with the Foodies Feast and some of the local producers have come on board,” he said.

Sunday’s Kangaroobie Klassic endurance race last year attracted 300 entrants and organisers are expecting a similar figure.

“It’s going to be a great weekend, with something for everyone,” Mr Binder said.

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