The average Port Fairy Folk Festival patron hailsfrom outside the south-west andstays in a caravan parkduring the weekend.
An economic impact survey was conducted during thefestivalweekend toidentify the demographicsof people attending the event.
Festival treasurer Bernie Waixel said more than half of folk festival patrons stayed in the town’s caravan parks.
He said 60 per cent of people camped at caravan parks, which was a low-cost and convenient option for patrons.
Almost 20 per cent of peoplehired beach housesor cottages for the weekend, while6.6 per cent stayed in boutique accommodation and 6.2 per centchose to stay in motels.
Patrons who attended the festival travelledfrom Melbourne (38 per cent), other Victorian areas(26 per cent), Port Fairy (eightper cent) andSouth Australia (2.8 per cent).
“Most people stayed for three days or more. Fifty-five per cent indicated they stayed three nights, 22 per cent stayed for four nights and 6.2 per cent stayed for five nights,” Mr Waixelsaid.
More than40per cent of people spent between $200 and $500 on meals and accommodation, while17.3 per cent paid more than$900 formeals and accommodation.
The majority of festival attendees (63 per cent)are aged between 35 to 65 years.
The registers of Port Fairy businesses were ringing with almost 93 per cent of people surveyed spendingbetween $50 and $300 on retail shopping.
“A lot of people come (to Port Fairy)and don’t necessarily come into the arena,” Mr Waixel said.
“We wanted to includeall the people who come to Port Fairy on the weekend and see all the entertainment outside the arena.”
Almost 80 per cent of people surveyed spent $50 to $200 ontravel and17.7 per cent indicated they would visita tourist attraction during their stay.
Mr Waixel said68.3 per cent of patronsspent between $50 and $200 on food within the precinct.
Moyne Shire councillor Ralph Leutton said it hadgrownfromhumble beginnings into a multi-million dollar event.
“The town is very proud of itself and the festival is the main foundation of this pride,”Cr Leutton said. “Bruce and the Folkieteam need to be applauded for what they do for Port Fairy, the shire and the region.”
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