WINTON Business Association chairwoman Maria Scammell said hundreds of people had attended past open days, and this Sunday would be no exception.
The day had a “real carnival feel”, she said.
Not only was it a great way to promote Winton, it also provided an opportunity for community groups to fundraise and raise their profile, while other groups had the chance to open their premises and invite the public in, she said.
Entertainment along the main street will be diverse, including axemen and women in action at woodchopping events, and a Drive a Digger Competition at Anzac Oval.
The Winton Library has an animal theme this year and will be hosting a Petting Zoo, with the opportunity for children and adults to meet turtles and a cockatoo, and even read to a dog. Furever Homes will also have information on how to adopt a pet at the library.
Continuing with the animal theme, the library will also have a photo booth – so bring along your friends, put on the ‘puppy ears’ and save the moment to a data stick or email it.
A Match Up The Pets Competition will also be held there, as well as a Guess How Many Dog Biccies, with the opportunity to win a book prize pack.
As well as all the extra library entertainment, people will still have the opportunity to browse through the books, use the free Wi-Fi, and also have the chance to join up.
The Central Southland Presbyterian Church, at 11 Meldrum St, will also be hosting the Community Christmas Tree Display with a huge array of decorated trees.
The fire station will also be open for the public to look through and a firefighters’ demonstration will be at 11am next to the station.
For the little ones there is the annual traditional Teddy Bears Picnic at the Anzac Oval from noon to 1pm, which Santa will be attending.
Bands and singers will entertain at the oval throughout the day.
If the day is wet, the oval activities will be held in the Presbyterian Church hall, Meldrum St.
Crafts and produce
A craft market and produce stalls will be in the Winton Memorial Hall, sponsored by Winton Promotions.
Meldrum St, outside the hall, will be closed to allow easy access for pedestrians.
For those who would like to have their photo taken with Santa Claus, the man in red will be in the Memorial Hall.
To keep the energy levels up, there will be plenty of food on offer throughout the town.
WINTON Business Association chairwoman Maria Scammell said it was a great opportunity for community groups, clubs, schools and businesses to promote themselves or any upcoming event during the annual street parade.
And there will be a prize for best float.
“It doesn’t have to be big or a brilliant work of art… it’s all about the fun and sharing the message… have a go.”
Although there were a lot of floats registered, there was always room for more, and not just floats – vehicles from all eras, machinery, bikes and big rigs with a connection to Winton.
Interested people and businesses who would like to join the street parade are invited to bring their fleet vehicles along and join in, and if possible to preregister by phoning Blair Irwin on 0275 138 048.
Assembly time is 1.30pm at the Top Pub car park, with the start of the parade planned for 2pm. Winton’s north-bound traffic lane will be closed from Bute St to Winton Motorcycles, from 9am to 4pm, with a detour available.
Timetable for Winton Open Day, Sunday, November 19
10am-1.30pm: Drive a Digger Competition – Anzac Oval car park
10am-3pm: Fire Station open day
10am-3pm: Winton Library “Petting Zoo”
11am: Fire Station – MBA Demonstration
Noon-1pm: Teddy Bears Picnic – Anzac Oval
2pm: Street parade