Organisers say this year’s Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival to be biggest yet


Rotary Jacaranda Festival project co-ordinator Kenn Williams at the event in 2016.
Rotary Jacaranda Festival project co-ordinator Kenn Williams at the event in 2016.

WITH a record number of market stalls, this year’s Rotary Jacaranda Festival in Applecross is set to be the biggest yet.

But the sheer number of stalls will not be what makes the 17th festival the best ever, according to project manager Kenn Williams.

“What’s planned will make it the biggest and best by a long-shot,” Mr Williams said.

Among the 145 stalls at Applecross Village on November 25 will be a mix of retailers, creators and foodies offering a crowd of more than 10,000 people plenty of choice.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Applecross, will also be filled with entertainment from schools, solo performers and bands, while there will also be a kids zone with stack of entertainment.

Together with not-for-profit groups, local businesses and the all-important blooming jacarandas, Mr Williams said the mix was right to set a new benchmark for the annual festival.

“We had a wash-up and took on feedback (after 2016),” he said.

“It’s a very regimented process. We have a formula that works.

“The only issue could be the weather but the forward forecast is for a mild day so we’re expecting a record crowd.”

Mr Williams, involved in the inaugural festival, said the event had grown well beyond what was originally envisaged.

More than 100 volunteers will be working on the day to ensure it runs smoothly.

“We’ve always held it high as a project the community loves,” Mr Williams said.

All profits from the day are re-invested into local community groups and organisations, with more than $170,000 donated over the last 16 years.

It will be held 10am and 3pm on Ardross Street between the roundabouts on Kintail Road and MacDonald Road.

Road closures will be in place around Applecross Village between 6am and 4.30pm on the day.

For information, visit www.applecrossrotary.org.

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