Gazette pitches in for Autumn Festival

THE Derwent Valley Autumn Festival and the Derwent Valley Gazette have joined forces in a strategic partnership to support the iconic event.

To be held on Sunday April 23 – after a three-year hiatus due to Covid – a group of businesses and community groups have come together to ensure it will go ahead.

Now in our 70th year of publication, the Gazette which is the most widely read paper in the region, will be an Official Media Partner for the festival. Font Publishing, owner of the Gazette, believes the event, which is a celebration of everything Derwent Valley, is worth backing.

Font Publishing managing partner Brad Stansfield said the event would attract thousands to the region, providing a significant economic boost as well as a great day out for those attending.

“Before it was cruelled by Covid, the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival was a ‘must-do’ event every April,’’ Mr Stansfield said.

“New Norfolk is a special place, and nothing beats sharing The Esplanade in autumn with thousands of visitors from out of town, enjoying the community atmosphere and supporting the local economy.”

Rotary New Norfolk has agreed to be lead organisation of the event, with Lions Club of New Norfolk and the New Norfolk District Football Club also on board. Norske Skog and Hydro Tasmania are lending support and the Derwent Valley Council will provide financial and in-kind support.

“Rotary is excited to revive this event, and we’re really grateful for the support we’ve received. The enthusiasm for a refreshed festival highlights just how missed this event is,” Rotary Club president Kylie Farrell said.

“We hope the Autumn Festival will be a great way to bring people together and celebrate everything our community has to offer.”

Derwent Valley Rotary still seeks additional volunteers, sponsors and stall holders.

If you’re interested in getting involved, visit our Facebook page, Derwent Valley Autumn Festival or Derwent Valley Rotary Club. Although the festival is free attendees will need to register for a ticket.

In the past, the festival has attracted 10,000 to 15,000 locals and visitors.