The Maldon Easter Fair was established in 1878 and on Easter Monday, the township of Maldon has held a grand procession along its high street. The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group takes this opportunity to promote our existence, increase awareness of the local problem with Wheel Cactus and, hopefully, inspire and attract more people to join our group and help us to eradicate the weed.
In the 2012 parade we enacted a demonstration against the pest, waving many witty placards denouncing the existence of the plant and showing what a varied range of people from the community is opposed to the weed.
In the 2013 parade we were dressed in ‘warrior’ uniform and marched as a united army against the ‘opposition’ weed.
In the Easter Parade in April 2014, we joined with other local Landcare groups to highlight the negative effects that feral pests, both plant and animal, have on our environment. We were rewarded for our excellent ‘float’ with First prize for ‘Best Community Entry’.
For the Easter street parade in 2015, the cactus warrior volunteers dressed up as wheel cactus plants. They looked so good they won 1st prize for the ‘Best Community Group’ entry.
Easter 2016 saw the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group celebrating its 10th birthday. Cactus Warriors paraded in party costume with their parade-sized birthday cake. They won a well-deserved First Prize for the ‘Best Community Entry’.