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A great festival like DITF cannot happen without A LOT of support from our volunteers, sponsors, and major funders. Meet them!


The driving force behind DITF is local musician and great community-minded human Ben Smeeton (Smeetos), from Self Sewn Events. Since the inaugural festival in 2015, Ben has tirelessly poured time and resources into staging this free annual event.   

In 2024 Smeetos teamed up with Bricey (who is he? More info to come) who did a lot of paperwork and now Day in the Forrest is Incorporated and has its own bank account. Okay, so now we're all official and stuff, and chasing funding and grants so we can continue to offer this great day in the park every year.


So put it in your calendar and say NO to every other invitation you receive for the first Saturday in December. 

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Ion Jefferson has been with Ben since the very first DITF. He gives of his time so cheerily, never complaining, and is an invaluable and respected vollie we just cannot be without. Here's three cheers and infinite kudos to you Ion!


With so much love and thanks to all those who give so much time to DITF. You know you are awesome, and you know who we mean - but we are going to name you anyway!


Firstly, Arusha Ruby, one of the original founders of DITF with Smeetos - big big love and thanks!

Brendon Thompson, Jo Barrett, John Barrett, Paul McCleod, Ron Smeeton, Dave Pole, Maddie McCleod, Anthony Butto, Wade Colquhoun, Sharon Dianne, Darrel, Ailish Barret, Ruth and David Gallagher, Gus Skene, Ashleigh Lustica, Nathan Cain, Abi Hall, Jesse Francis, Paul Coughlan, Stephen Webb, Emmet Barrett, Dan Hookham, Douge (GF Sports Club), Shaun Johansson, Klare Buckingham, Helena College, Glen Forrest Sports Club, Glen Forrest Residents and Ratepayers Association, Sharon Hillman. 

Major Funders

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In 2020 Day in the Forrest received its first funding grant from the Shire of Mundaring. SoM have granted DITF another generous contribution towards the costs of running the 2022 festival. Our thanks and gratitude to the assistance given by the SoM Grants Officer. 

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We are also grateful and so full of appreciation for funding from the Bendigo Bank Mundaring Community Bank Branch. They assisted us in 2020, and we couldn't be happier to have them onboard with us for 2021 and 2022. Thanks Bendigo Bank!


Darlington Dental - With appreciation and huge thanks again to Karl Bailey and his team.


Glen Forrest IGA - Huge thanks to management and staff for staying onboard! 

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