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.

Millie Fulton, Ella Iezzi, Jak and Bailey Wilson and Ashleigh Butler are ready to bring some futuristic fashion to the Longford Blessing of the Harvest Festival.

Millie Fulton, Ella Iezzi, Jak and Bailey Wilson and Ashleigh Butler are ready to bring some futuristic fashion to the Longford Blessing of the Harvest Festival.