A man has been taken to a Melbourne hospital after hitting his head on concrete during a fight.
The 20-year-old man was knocked out on Gavan Street in Bright on Friday about 10.50pm.
He hit his head after falling and was driven to Wangaratta hospital before being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with bleeding on the brain and two fractures to his skull.
He is in a stable condition.
A 38-year-old man was charged with serious assault offences, including recklessly causing injury.
He was bailed and will face the Myrtleford Magistrate's Court at a later date.
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Senior-Sergeant Doug Incoll said the incident, which involved two residents from the region, could have had a far worse outcome.
"The injuries that people can sustain if they hit their head on concrete have been well publicised," he said.
"It could have had a much more dire outcome.
"At this stage he's still in hospital and his condition is said to be stable.
"In some ways he's quite lucky."
The incident, which involved alcohol, occurred during the weekend when the town's hot rod run is traditionally held.
While the official event didn't go ahead this year, a large number of people visited the town.
Police conducted 158 preliminary breath tests and vehicle registration checks at Myrtleford with seven offences detected.
One person was arrested for being drunk in a public place.
Senior-Sergeant Incoll said most people were well behaved.
"It was good to see the town busy again and people from Melbourne coming up," he said.
"There were a few thousand people in the town.
"The vast majority of people and businesses did the right thing and complied with the Chief Health Officer's directions and adhered to the alcohol ban."
Dozens of classic cars were driven to Bright for the unofficial event, with the town's accommodation fully booked.
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