Futuristic heyday at harvest festival

LONGFORD'S Wellington Street will see a futuristic take on an old tradition as residents, visitors - and their pets - parade for the Blessing of the Harvest Festival.

A fashion parade is also expected to be heavily contested as a plethora of locally donated prizes are battled for by budding fashionistas.

Harvest Festival committee member and parade co-ordinator Liz Beaver said the fashion competition would include a ``200 years-from-now'' section, a futuristic category and the traditional harvest segment.

``For the actual parade we've got about 30 floats,'' Ms Beaver said.

``It really does vary, we get some of the farm machinery, the big floats that schools and businesses have done, there's a massive variety.''

She said community groups were also getting involved in the festival.

``This year the Longford Men's Shed is entering,'' Ms Beaver said.

``For the 200 years, they made a birthday cake, which they'll be entering in the parade as well.'' The Longford Garden Club is also expected to parade its expertise down the town's main street.

``It's also the 60th year of the garden club, they'll be putting a really big float in the parade,'' Ms Beaver said. ``It's really nice to have all the community groups involved.''

The day's pet parade will run from Longford Showground to the Village Green from 10.30am.

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WHAT: Longford Blessing of the Harvest Festival.

WHERE: Longford Village Green.

WHEN: Sunday, from 10am.

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