This year’s Ballan Autumn Festival – pencilled in for Sunday March 14 – has been cancelled.

A message was posted on their website and Facebook page early this morning (Friday 12 February).

It follows the postponement of the 2020 festival last March with less then two days to go.

That event was moved to October – which in turn was cancelled.

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The 2021 festival was to continue with a superhero theme.

A statement posted on the festival’s website said the lingering effects of COVID19 had led to the decision.

“The decision to forgo our wonderful festival for another year was made with a heavy heart, but concerns about coronavirus are still with us as a community and an ongoing hiatus is the most responsible course of action at this time,” it said.

“The BAF committee will monitor the public impact of evolutions in the management of coronavirus – and investigation options for a potential event later in the year.”

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The cancellation of the 14 March 2021 event is a blow for tourism in Moorabool, with the festival attracting up to 10,000 people a year since the 40-year-old event was moved to Inglis St.

“For years, BAF has taken its cue for deliverability from the Melbourne Grand Prix, which traditionally
runs on the same weekend as our festival,” President Deryck Carruthers said.

“The challenging logistics of public safety at this time have seen the (March 2021) Grand Prix postponed until November.

“We know this is an enormous disappointment for Ballan residents, particularly for the local schools,
retirement community, community groups, local traders and small business who put so much colour,
energy and excitement to our town’s largest public event of the year.

“We certainly encourage interested locals to join the BAF organising committee as we explore
numerous ideas for alternative, COVIDsafe events, potentially for as early as November 2021
subject to medical and community advice.

“We are devastated to share this news with you.

“‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA and recent advances in prevention, treatment, vaccination, and contract tracing give us a great amount of hope and determination to reawaken the festival at the appropriate time.”

If you would like to get involved with the team behind the festival and be part of future plans, email hello@ballan.org.au

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Main image: The launch party for the 2020 festival, which was due to have a superhero theme

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