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Folkie team readies for milestone event

Team effort: Volunteers Ross Mannice, John Sobey and Graeme Carbury, all of Port Fairy, pull the marquee roof into place. Picture: Rob GunstoneThe frames areup and the canvas pulled tightas the Port Fairy Folk Festival tent city has yet again come together, thanks to a dedicated team.
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The 120-strongvolunteer construction crewbegan work at Southcombe Park a week agoand the finishing touches will be completed on Friday.

The team isled by Port Fairy’sJack Smits and second-in-chargeReg Harry.

Mr Harrysaid fine conditions during in the firstweekhad helped them make early progress.

“It’s going well. The weather’s been good to us. We’ve had very little wind which has made it quite easy. The crews have been working fantastically,” Mr Harry said.

The crew, made up of retired Port Fairy residents, clearlyenjoy the camaraderie and mateship of working together.

Only four members of the volunteer workforceare agedunder 65, with the oldest, Wally Robertsoncoming in at92 years.

“They’re all in their 65s and 70s. Because no tradies are available during the week you have to have an older work force,” Mr Harry said

“They started asking at Christmas ‘when do we start?” helaughed.

“It’s a great atmosphere. The fellas are enjoying it .There’s a dozen new fellas and they’re really excited. They haven’t been lookers, they’re workers,” he said proudly.

Volunteer Max Holmes said the men worked two weeks prior to the festival setting up,and one week after the festival, packing it up.

Gary Hommelhoff, 75, has volunteeredfor 10 years and looks forward to the festival lead-up.

“I like it. It’s great. There’s no pressure, you do it slowly.

“Awhole lot of old people come together and it gives them something to do and people to talk to. It’s a real Australiana thing to do,” Mr Hommelhoffsaid.

On the gates were Eric Bishop who’s“only 85” andLeo Dalton who is“onlya boy” at 83. The menlove being part of the team andsaid the festival was invaluableinpromotingthe town.

Theysaid the well-led committeehelped the annual construction process run smoothly and limited committments mean they wereallready to lend a hand.

Festival president Bruce Leishman said the site was a hive of activity this week with sound and light crews settingup on Wednesday.

Electricians have also been busilyworking late thisweekto ensure the festival arena’spower supply is sufficient for the multitude of performances on offer.

Food and alcohol vendors havemoved in to the siteand Mr Leishmansaid performers were also working hard in the days prior to thefestival.

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