Wodonga's Family Spectacular a night out for bright sparks

ONLY the dogs are not looking forward to Wod-onga’s annual Family Spectacular fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Up to 5000 will turn out for the third, free spectacular, hosted by the Wodonga Raiders Football Club and the Wodonga Council at Birallee Park.

Organiser Greg Dawson said families, usually armed with chairs, rugs and sun shelters, loved the event because it allowed them to mingle with others in picnic areas and watch the entertainment.

“When the fireworks are finished, everyone’s got a big smile,” he said.

Mr Dawson said there would be more attractions this year with a cha-cha ride, dodgem cars, jumping castles and vintage cars.

The kids can bust a move at a disco with tunes provided by DJ Mimo and oldies can kick on in a function room to the music of Lucy and Vinnie.

Pet owners are urged to keep their pals safe during the noisy night and throughout the festive season.

Wodonga Council’s compliance leader Craig McClanahan urged owners to ensure pets had plenty of food and water and were kept secure.

“Your best option could be to keep animals inside, have your curtains closed and play some soft music to take the stress out of the situation,” he said.

Mr McClanahan said it was important to ensure animals were micro-chipped and registered with up-to-date details.

“As part of the rules you must have a tag with your phone number on it, then dogs can be returned home straight away,” he said.

“We like to return pets immediately than to put them in the pound.”

Mr McClanahan said people planning to travel away from home should provide a back-up contact number.

Gates open at 5pm at Birallee Park and fireworks will light up the sky from 9 to 10pm.

Food and drinks can be brought but no BYO alcohol is allowed.

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