Apsley Alive a huge hit

The town of Apsley came alive last weekend as festival-goers filled the streets. 

There were a multitude of stalls, jumping castles for the kids, showjumping, and plenty to see and do in the town centre.

Sally Stevenson, who had a stall for her small business Simply Teatime at the event, described the day as, “fun, interesting, and successful.”

Dianne Carberry, who was involved in the festival, expressed similar sentiments, describing the day as “a great success.”

“The weather was a bit overcast, but the crowd kept warm. We had 50-plus stalls, and in the parade there were vintage cars, machinery, horses, and floats from the school and clubs.”

The showjumping proved to be a popular sport with the crowd, as was the dog high jump competition.

“There were nine competitors, and of those competitors, one was a state champion. It was amazing to watch that dog,” Mrs Carberry said. 

Entertainment also came in the form of a cabaret performance by former X-Factor Australia contestant Andrew Wishart. 

According to Mrs Carberry, the performance was so popular that “it was standing room only – it was great.”

Other events were a barbecue and a public screening of the film Red Dog.

There have already been ideas and suggestions for the next Apsley Alive, and Ms Carberry is certain that the event is going to come back.

“It’s good to have events like this, to keep little towns afloat.”