Regardless, if you are celebrating 25 or 125 years, the work that goes into creating a Festival is an impressive representation of what Volunteers contribute to their community and what a valuable asset they are. In 1995 a small band of local volunteers, with a lot of horse knowledge, created an event which is now recognised around the country as one of the toughest tests for an all-round horseman. This year the MFSR Challenge is celebrating its Silver anniversary of 25 years of this event.
For 25 years we have seen tremendous growth not just in the Challenge but in the Festival as a whole. Each Festival event around the Challenge has grown in strength and popularity and the Festival is now known nationally as an event not to be to be missed. None of this would have been possible without our Volunteer’s knowledge, experience, support and hard work. Over 350 volunteers annually dedicate over 10,000 hours of their time to ensure visitors to the Upper Murray go away with memories of a wonderfully entertaining experience.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO: Vicki Jarvis has overseen and managed the growth of the Merchandise area for over 9 years. Vicki, this year has been honoured as our 2019 Volunteer of the year. Vicki has built a strong team of supporters around her and the Merchandise Shop runs like a well-oiled machine over the Festival.
Each year, since 2010 the Festival has recognised outstanding contributions from past and present Committee and Board members. These are volunteers, such as Roger Paton our 2019 Legend, who have given their time, above and beyond the call of duty to the Festival over many years.