One thing is for sure Deans Marsh knows how to throw a party. The community of Deans Marsh banded together to host their annual festival last Sunday 23 March.

Festival organisers said a record 3,000 people enjoyed the event travelling from as far as the states capital.

A new festival layout and packed program captivated visitors all day.

Dog races proved to be popular with crowds four deep around the 50 meter long track watching on as two cheeky mutts were disqualified due to race fixing.

Kids were kept busy with face painting, craft activities, giant maze and pony rides. A new attraction – boxology (imagine a giant tetris with a creative flair) was a hit with kids of all ages.

Groovin tunes all day on the main and hall stages made it impossible to restrain the dancing shoes for many visitors.

Festival goers enjoyed the focus on local art, craft and produce in the market village showcasing over 60 stalls.

The annual Deans Marsh Gift Open was won by Helen Wilkie & Lachie Rowan. The Sheaf Toss winners were Mark Drayton and Georgie Beale.

Local community groups including the Deans Marsh Primary School, CFA, Cricket Club, Red Cross, Community Cottage and Hall Committee have all reported great results from fundraising efforts on the day.

Orgainsers would like to thanks all the volunteers that made the festival a huge success and are already planning 2015.