Local Deans Marsh residents are getting busy and creative by designing, printing and decorating flags in preparation for the Deans Marsh Festival and Flag Project.

Hundreds of flags will be flown at the festival, all vying for a chance to win an Otway Fly family pass for best design.

In the coming weeks residents and kids from local schools will be participating in printmaking workshops facilitated by local artist Veronica Phillips.

A free workshop for anyone interested in learning simple printmaking techniques will take place on Saturday 22 February (12pm – 2pm) at the Deans Marsh Cottage. Please contact the festival to register, all welcome and all materials supplied.

Festival sponsorship from local businesses such as Bendigo Community Bank and Cape Otway Lightstation are greatly appreciated by the Deans Marsh community and festival organisers.

The 18th annual Deans Marsh Festival will be held on Sunday 23rd March 2014. Always a festival highlight the kids corner activities this year include woolly creatures workshops, bag decorating, badge making, treasure hunt, giant maze, lawn games, dress ups, face painting, jumping castle and boxology……

Organisers are looking for craftspeople, artists and food producers to feature as stallholders in a unique Market Village.

For stall or festival information please visit deansmarshfestival.com.au or contact 5236 3388.