Springnats are back

June 14, 2017

Springnats will run in Shepparton in November.

It might not be for everyone, but organisers of Shepparton car festival Springnats say it will stick around for a while yet.

Operations manager of Autofest, which runs Springnats, Les Adams said an agreement had been reached with Greater Shepparton City Council to keep the event local.

‘‘There was a memorandum of understanding done between us and the council,’’ Mr Adams said.

‘‘So it is good news for all concerned.’’

The deal guarantees Springnats will run at the Shepparton Showgrounds through to 2021.

Mr Adams started the festival, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in November, as a small scale event for district car enthusiasts.

It quickly grew in popularity and with a growing number of auto fans and their cars descending on Shepparton each year.

‘‘Back when we started in the early ’90s the young ones back then had nowhere to go where they could safely do burnouts,’’ he said.

‘‘By the third year we had people come all the way from South Australia.’’

At its peak the event brought more than 60000 people to Shepparton, generating millions for the local economy as one of the biggest auto festivals in Australia.

After a few difficult years in the 2000s with declining numbers, the event turned itself around about six years ago and has slowly been growing in popularity again.

He estimated there were about 30000 attendees last year, a far cry from its peak, but a sizeable festival nonetheless.

‘‘People are starting to realise that whilst it can be a nuisance it is a major event for this area,’’ he said.

Although the event is only guaranteed to stay in Shepparton until 2021, Mr Adams believed it would stay for many years after that.

‘‘I believe it will continue here forever,’’ he said.

This year’s Springnats will be in Shepparton from November 24 to 26.

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