• 2019 FESTIVAL… 23rd March

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    10am – 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

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Yarra Ranges TV

Don’t like to read? Then sit back and relax and listen to Vice Chairperson, Ash Millar tell you what’s happening at Celebrate Mooroolbark festival on Yarra Ranges TV.

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It’s Competition Time!!

Start work on your entries now, showcase your talents and win! Here are the 2018 competitions laid out for you, take your pick and then click on the links for more details and entry forms.


pexels-photo-116366.jpegProduce your own mini sci-fi on your phone and enter the Short Film Comp. Sponsored by Harvey Norman Springvalethere are some very exciting prizes on the way…

How could you resist?!?

Click HERE for more info and to enter.


Enter the parade with friends, a community group, school, business and take out the best-dressed prize of $400 CASH for your group! Winners will be awarded 1st and 2nd place ($200 CASH) by local Liberal representatives; Federal Liberal Member for Casey and 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP; State Member for Casey Christine Fyffe; and State Member for Croydon, the Hon David Hodgett MP

Follow THIS LINK for more info and to register your groups’ participation.


Imagine a fictionalised future, interview someone about their vision, produce a comic or research the profession of a scientific field for your writing competition entry!

Winners will be awarded their prizes on the main stage at 12.15pm by our Deputy Premier, Labor Minister for Education and Emergency Services, the Hon James Merlino MP!

Cash prizes to be award as follows:

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
PRESCHOOL – GRADE 2: $20 $15 $10
GRADES 3 – 6: $30 $25 $20
YEARS 7 – 12: $50 $35 $25

AND a school’s prize of $100 will be awarded to the best performance overall. Click HERE for details on how to enter, but be quick!


art-creative-metal-creativity.jpgGet hands-on with found objects and materials, build your own invention for the future and enter it into the recycled sculpture competition!

There’s a $100 cash prize for the best entry! Sponsored by the Disabled Peoples’ Group. Info on how to enter is HERE.


Take your talent to the stage in Red Earth UnEarthed!

7:30pm Friday March 23, 2018 @ Mooroolbark Community Centre.

1st prize winners in each category below are given the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 24 March 2018.

CASH PRIZES TO BE WON

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
UNDER 16: $100 $75 $50
OPEN: $100 $75 $50
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: GROUP $100 SOLO/DUO $100

Click HERE to enter before Friday 16 March. Instrumentalists, magicians and unusual acts particularly encouraged to apply!

A huge thanks to our Red Earth Partners, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark, Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship and Yarra Ranges Council.


Entries to all competitions will be regarded highly if they fit the theme and this year we are building the festival around the theme of

No Barriers – Future Possibilities…

What does this mean?

Think of the many ways that the human race has overcome barriers to date and then imagine the future possibilities; planes and spacecraft have taken us into the skies and beyond, both modern and ancient medicines have tackled deadly diseases, overcome disabilities and improved our quality of life. Where will such things as robotics take us into the future?

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down the barriers we face. For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning in areas such as robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark

Did you miss Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark this year? Thanks to yarraranges.tv for capturing Mr Penman speaking about the beginnings of Jim’s Mowing, you can hear it now!

If that’s not enough, you can also view an interview with Jim on the yarraranges.tv website.

Did you take photos at the festival? We love to see them. You can post them onto our Facebook page or send them to news@celebratemooroolbark.com

Our biggest program to date

Without a doubt, this is the biggest and broadest program we’ve put together yet for Celebrate Mooroolbark festival. So we thought we’d share with you some personal picks on how some of our team members would spend their day at the festival.

From Ash, Active Living Hub Coordinator and part of the Publicity Team:

I would absolutely get down and practice your handballing with Mooroolbark Auskick at 11am and be wowed by the talented Yarra Heights Dance Academyat 1:45 at the Active Living Hub! The Active Living Hub is a new addition this year and a fantastic way to get involved with the local sporting and fitness groups in our wonderful community.

After that I’m going to head down to the Youth Stage and see all the amazing talent that our community has to offer. In sticking with our sustainable theme, the Youth Stage is being powered by biodegradable fuel generators from Green Power Solutions!

For more details on all the wonderful programs on offer tomorrow, check out our program page here. Many stalls will also run free activities, not to mention the Scout Bridge on the ridge!

See you all tomorrow!!

Open the doors to a ‘Good Life’

Good Life Health Club in Mooroolbark have kindly donated a 3 month membership worth over $300.

File_000We have decided to run an auction with the proceeds going back to help pay for festival running costs.
The auction has started! And will end Saturday March 11th at 5.00pm (AEST).

For your bid to be valid you must place it on the original post on the event page
A massive thank-you to Jason and his dedicated team at GoodLife Mooroolbark.

Click here to head straight to our Facebook event. 

Meet Jim Penman!

Yes, we are talking about THE Jim of Jim’s Mowing and all of the Jim’s Group franchises.

Hear him speak 16939241_1367665283296274_8822433373637671915_n.jpgat 2pm in the Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Hub and you may even land yourself a free signed copy of his latest book.

This is a real treat, particularly for small, home and online business owners or those thinking of starting their own business. Jim will be sharing some of his own success strategies and introducing one of his latest ventures, Jim’s TradeNet.

Jim’s TradeNet became a sponsor of your community festival this year and they’ve been amazingly supportive!

Supporting local businesses is part of the Celebrate Mooroolbark ethos, and now also part of our new (in-the-pipeline) sustainability policy about reducing the miles between supplier and buyer. Jim’s TradeNet is essentially a business trade exchange system, available to any business big and small. It could also be a great way for local businesses to support each other.

Street Parade Road Closure

Don’t Forget!!

At 10am the most spectacular Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade will go cruising down Brice Avenue, from Station Street to the festival site at Red Earth Park. So get there early to find a prime viewing spot! Here’s what’ll happen…

9.30 – 10.30am : Station Street (where the library and Hookey Park are located) will be closed to traffic for the parade participants to assemble and depart safely.

10am – 11am : Brice Avenue from Station Street to Hull Road (including car parks) will be closed to traffic to allow the Street Parade to occur safely.

So  consider walking, cycling or catching public transport to avoid road closure hassles and parking woes. More info on your options are over here: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/getting-there/

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Look out for all these wonderful folk in the parade!

  • 1st Mooroolbark Scouts
  • Alizara Belly Dance Troupe
  • ARK Theatre Group
  • Australian Youth Band
  • Eastern Raptors Rugby League
  • Gray Court Pre School
  • Gymbaroo Mooroolbark
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
  • Historical Commercial Vehicle Club
  • Lilydale SES
  • MECEC Kindergarten
  • Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
  • Mooroolbark Girl Guides
  • Mooroolbark History Group
  • Mooroolbark Star Wars Fan Group 501st
  • Numerous Classic & Movie Replica Cars
  • Pembroke Primary School
  • Vermont Secondary College Band
  • Yarra Ranges Special Development School
Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Pembroke Primary School in the Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2014

Pembroke Primary School at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.