The torchlight procession at the 2020 Mooroopna State Championships is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the inclusion of Senior and Junior rural brigades for the first time.
The procession is a long-time tradition of the Urban championships but the combining of the Rural and Urban events this year provides the opportunity for rural brigades to get involved.
Held on the Saturday night of the Championships (28 March), the procession will take brigades from Wyndham Street, Shepparton to Victoria Park Lake.
All competing brigades are encouraged to take part in the parade, which is sponsored by Greater Shepparton City Council.
In line with tradition, the march will be led by the Colour Party followed by the Chief Officer, State President of VFBV, Deputy Chief Officers and VFBV officials.
This year a couple of brigades will march with battery LED lanterns to trial an alternative torchlight.
As in previous years large crowds of supporters, visitors and members of the community are expected to line the streets to cheer on the marchers.
Following the procession, brigades and members of the community are invited to stay within the Victoria Lake precinct and enjoy the City of Greater Shepparton Converge Festival.
The festival runs until 10pm and includes food and drink, crafts, and visual arts, celebrating the many multicultural and Indigenous cultures which make up the Greater Shepparton community.