Premier, musician in ferret contest

PREMIER Lara Giddings and Violent Femmes bassist and MONA curator Brian Ritchie will today lock horns in a fight to decide who makes the best ferreter.

The two will act as a major drawcard in Latrobe's famous celebrity ferret race for Henley-on-Mersey Regatta.

The result of 12 months of planning from the Latrobe Council and Lions and Rotary clubs is expected to see between 3000 and 6000 people through its Bells Parade gates.

Co-organiser Kae Campbell said the regatta maintained its audience by adding new activities  or by tweaking its old favourites.

``We've got cherry pit spitting, gumboot throwing and novelty kids' events this year,'' Ms Campbell said.

``We don't charge a huge entry fee for people and there's enough here to keep them going all day -  there's always something happening.''

She said new attractions at  the regatta included a junior pentathlon with prizes.

Woodchopping competitions, boat races, delicious food, a whip-cracking demonstration and more would   be part of the day.

Ferret racing starts 10.45am with the Giddings-versus-Ritchie showdown at 11.50am.

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WHAT:  Henley-on-Mersey Regatta.

 WHERE:  Bells Parade, Latrobe.

 WHEN:  9am to 4pm  today.

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