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BAF volunteers launch the Ballan Autumn Festival for Sunday 15 March. PHOTO - Helen Tatchell

POW! WHAM! and BANG! were just some of the words used on the TV screen when the Batman show was running. In 2020, the new buzz word is BAF!
The volunteer superheroes on the Ballan Autumn Festival (BAF) committee came up with the idea and have different coloured t-shirts that will grace the town leading into the annual Ballan Autumn Festival, returning to the Moorabool Shire on Sunday 15 March.
It is not hard to guess what the 2020 theme will be, and organizers are asking visitors to “celebrate local superheroes” by dressing up as their favourite superhero for the annual costume competition and street parade.
BAF President, Deryck Carruthers said they chose a “superheroes” theme because it’s exciting and everyone loves a superhero.
“It’s a bold theme for those who want to be imaginative and provides an opportunity to recognize our local heroes as a community.
“In our 45th year, BAF combines the traditional country festival with the boundless energy of superheroes and a team committed to showcasing the very best of the region.
“This year we’ll celebrating the unique identity of this part of the world with great local acts as well as renowned local produce and artisan craft,” he said.
The festival is scheduled to have more than one-hundred stalls, with a dazzling diversity of shopping, food, sights, events and activities.
The event is the highlight of the Ballan public calendar, regularly drawing 10,000 visitors to the otherwise quiet township and will run from 9am-4pm.
Mr Carruthers said the CWA cake competition will be superhero-themed, while pet-show competitors are encouraged to join the festivities by creating superhero costumes for their pets.
“We’re having wandering superheroes on the day with plenty of fun stalls, great food, refreshments, rides and fantastic surprises.
“The Ballan Autumn Festival is one of Moorabool’s biggest tourist events, and we pride ourselves on being an event for everyone,” he said.
And one last message to visitors, is to charge your mobile phone battery as major festival sponsor, Moorabool Wind Farm, has negotiated the appearance of some super-special famous superheroes.
“They’ll be happy to pose for photos with child fans and adult ones alike.”
The colourful, comic-book-style “BAF!” t-shirts are available to purchase.
You will find the BAF team and further information on facebook, Instagram and their website www.ballanautumnfestival.org