Woodford Folk Festival hopeful of December return

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Woodford Folk Festival is hoping to return this December after a stakeholder meeting to decide the event’s future.

The festival held in the village of Woodfordia usually attracts around 25,000 patrons, performers, stallholders, and volunteers a day but had to cancel during the pandemic. Instead, a smaller event, Bushtime, was held with just 2,200 attendees.

More than 400 organisers, stallholders, and volunteers met last week, with festival founder Bill Hauritz saying they were “going for it”.

“There’s no COVID rules that apply to us at this moment in time,” Hauritz told the ABC.

“Of course, things could change, so we always follow the guidelines, the laws of the land, whatever they be at the time, but I think we’re seeing the slow dissipation of COVID.

“We think by Christmas time, we should be in the clear.”

No dates have yet been set.