THE Wimmera experienced a slice of Bavaria on Saturday when the Horsham German Fest returned for 2019.
Held at the Horsham's Maydale Pavilion, the event celebrated German culture, cuisine, and of course, beer.
Food available included German classics such as schnitzel and baked potatoes, while there were plenty of fun and games with beer stein-holding competitions, giant games and yabbie races.
Event organiser and Horsham Agricultural Society secretary Andrea Cross said the event was a success despite crowd numbers being down.
"People who attended the event had the most wonderful time and engaged with all the activities throughout the day," she said.
"The weather obviously had an impact on the crowd numbers. While we were obviously disappointed with that, we can take comfort in the fact that everyone had a great time."
She said the cancellation of Northfest 2019 - which was due to also be on Saturday - might have also impacted numbers.
"People didn't think the German Fest was on because Northfest was cancelled. They were in a completely different situation to us - we were undercover," she said.
"There are great economic impacts when events are cancelled or have low numbers due to bad weather, and we're seeing that a lot around the state at the moment."
Mrs Cross said she wanted to thank everyone who helped out at the event.
"These events wouldn't be possible without the volunteers who give up so much of their time to make everything happen," she said.
Horsham Agricultural Society works with AXIS Employment to provide volunteer hours to job seekers.
"Part of the drive of Horsham Agricultural Society is to put on these events, not just as fundraisers, but to support the community and programs such as Work for the Dole," Mrs Cross said.
The society's next event will be the New Year's Eve Celebration at Horsham's Sawyer Park.
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