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Mt Hawthorn festival bucks the trend

Mt Hawthorn celebrated it’s second community street festival on Sunday, just weeks after the Angove St and Beaufort St festivals were cancelled.

Kylie and Leo Petroe. Photo: Eleri Teesalu

Kylie and Leo Petroe. Photo: Eleri Teesalu.

City of Vincent mayor John Carey said he was not worried about other street festivals having been cancelled.

“They (festivals) reflect the times and they change when different communities have different needs,” he said.

“Contrary to other festivals, we do not want to get bigger. We want it to be a lovely small community street festival to represent the locals.

“We love it as it’s driven and run by the local community. It is not trying to import or bring from outside, it is trying to showcase the best of Mt Hawthorn.”

Mt Hawthorn Primary School parent Kylie Petroe said the fine weather had encouraged more people to attend.

“The festival is wonderful and definitely bigger than last year,” Ms Petroe said.

Mr Carey said about 40,000 people attended.

Mt Hawthorn resident Scott Reynolds said the festival felt more vibrant than last year and had more to offer.

“I really think the organisers have done a good job with it,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The festival is looking great and there seems to be plenty to do for every age group.”

Mt Hawthorn Hub volunteer Alex Castle said the festival showcased Mt Hawthorns’s retailers.

“It has got a very unique identity in this area and it is a very close-knit community and people are proud of that,” Ms Castle said.

“People love living here and showing off their community.”

Paul Aron, owner of Mary Street Bakery. Photo: Eleri Teesalu.

Paul Aron, owner of Mary Street Bakery. Photo: Eleri Teesalu.

Visitors outside of the New Norcia Bakery. Photo: Eleri Teesalu.

Visitors outside of the New Norcia Bakery. Photo: Eleri Teesalu.