Kana draws thousands to city

Colac City Band's marching musicians set the beat for Colac's annual Kana Festival parade.

Colac City Band’s marching musicians set the beat for Colac’s annual Kana Festival parade.

THOUSANDS of people braved windy weather to participate in and watch Colac’s Kana Festival at the weekend.

People lined Murray Street for a traditional parade featuring dozens of entries, while a market in Memorial Square proved popular before a storm hit and caused an early end to festivities.

Kana committee president Chris Smith said Saturday’s festival was a “fantastic community event”.

“It was great to see a lot of effort put into the wonderful colourful parade entries,” Mr Smith said.

He said crowd numbers were on par with previous years, despite wind blowing through the scene.

“What Kana is all about is the community working together,” Mr Smith said.

He said top floats in the parade included Colac Collectible Car Club, which won best entry, Otway Derby Dolls who were the most colourful entry, best school entry Colac West Primary, and best decorated business float Marlene’s School of Dance.

Mr Smith said a fair in Memorial Square had 50 stalls, and performers on an entertainment stage did an “exceptional” job.

He said a fashion parade of children dressed in career-oriented costumes was also a success.

“It was really quite amazing and delightful the way children participated.”

Mr Smith said a storm hit Colac about 3pm Saturday, causing the market and entertainment to end about an hour early.

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