The Encounter Festival celebrates the meeting of Flinders and Baudin in Encounter Bay in 1802

Chair of the Encounter Celebrations Committee Graham Philp with Victor Harbor local Annie Basham in period costume for a past Encounter event.
Chair of the Encounter Celebrations Committee Graham Philp with Victor Harbor local Annie Basham in period costume for a past Encounter event.

The 'Encounter Celebration's Festival', scheduled for Sunday, April 5, on Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor has been cancelled due to the Government's ruling on non essential gatherings brought about by the coronavirus.

The annual festival marks the meeting of Captain Matthew Flinders and Captain Nicolas Baudin in the waters of Encounter Bay in 1802 and has been a popular festival that's grown considerably over the years and has been well received by both local residents and visitors to the region.

Chair of the Encounter Celebrations Committee Graham Philp said it was in the interest of the public health and abiding by Government regulations that the event has been cancelled this year.

"The Encounter Celebration's Committee has worked hard to organise this year's festival, however though disappointing, we understand the importance of the situation and the committee will soon begin planning for next year's event, which will be even bigger and better," he said.

Mr Philp also advised that the talk 'Life at Sea', which was scheduled to be held at the Victor Harbor Library on Friday, April 3, has also been cancelled.

For more information on Encounter Celebrations Festival and regular updates visit the website www.encountercelebrations.org

A number of events have been cancelled at the Tooperang Hall.

The March 28 'Back Room Barbie' was cancelled and like all ANZAC Day services, Tooperang have cancelled their Dawn Service and breakfast.

"With our constantly shifting world and our need to be extra vigilant, the events unfortunately had to be cancelled. We certainly look forward to some stability and the Tooperang Hall Committee wish the community very good health," the spokesperson said.

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