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    Andrea Cross.

Society sticks to successful formula


Horsham Agricultural Society will largely stick to a tried-and-tested formula when it presents its New Year’s Eve festival.

The New Year’s By The River event is returning for a second year at Horsham Showground’s Maydale Reserve from 6pm to midnight.

Featuring children’s entertainment, food trucks and live music, the event will likely ring bells for many of last year’s inaugural attendees. Society secretary Andrea Cross said this was because its organisers felt little need to make major changes to an already ‘highly successful event’.

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She said small changes would instead appear in the entertainment, and a new two-hour time slot for people to pick and set-up their seating area before the event starts.

“Last year’s event was highly successful, so we don’t believe that we need to change that much,” she said. “Something we really saw come through last year was the event became an opportunity to catch up with friends.

“Christmas can be such a busy time with family, but this is a great post-Christmas catch up, and an opportunity for people visiting families in the region to stay an extra day and enjoy themselves beside the river.

“So, we’re inviting people to come early and set up their own chairs, tables and gazebos between 2pm and 4pm free-of-charge so they’re ready to go when it starts.”

Mrs Cross said a series of light shows and activities made in partnership with Nati Frinj biennale director Hannah French would also feature at the December 31 event.

She said this would include a water-reflective show, a shadow-puppet activity for children and trees around the venue lit up with lights. “That’s something new and exciting we’ve delved into this year,” she said.

“We’ll also have jumping castles, merry-go-rides, sandpits and face- painting, and there’s a variety of food trucks to choose from – from a sausage sizzle to gourmet baked potatoes.

“It’s an all-ages event and something we had lots of families, as well as older people, attend last year, which was really lovely to see.”

The entire December 18, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire December 18,, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!