Crowds to flock to Bendigo this long weekend

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Accommodation throughout the region is filling fast  for this coming long weekend with thousands of people flocking to Bendigo for the 134th CFA State Senior Urban Fire Brigade Championships, Bendigo International Madison, JLT Community Series AFL match between Geelong and Essendon and the Ultimate Tryathlon Championships at Crusoe Reservoir.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said it is a good time to be in Bendigo with so much to see, do and experience.

“With such an influx of visitors, businesses in the wider Greater Bendigo area such as accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets should be kept busy over the weekend which is great for our local economy,” Cr O’Rourke said.

This long weekend more than 2,000 visitors from 70 volunteer fire brigades from around Victoria, interstate and New Zealand will be in Bendigo for the three day championships at the Weeroona Oval.  A highlight of the championships is the Torchlight Procession through the CBD on Saturday night with more than 800 participants representing their brigades.

The event continues a Victorian volunteer fire brigade tradition of more than 130 years with event organisers committing to hold the championships in Bendigo again in 2018 and 2019. 

Meanwhile thousands will flock to the Bendigo International Madison which is taking place at the Tom Flood Sports Centre this Saturday and Sunday.  This annual event attracts some of the world’s best cyclists.

The JLT Community Series AFL match between Geelong and Essendon is expected to attract up to 10,000 people to the QEO on Sunday March 12 when it commences at 4.10pm.

In addition, about 400 athletes will take part in the Ultimate Tryathlon at Crusoe Reservoir on Sunday.

If sport is not your thing there is also a range of other events taking place over the long weekend including the Collective Vision exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery and the Moonlight Market in the Hargreaves Mall on Saturday evening.



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