One of the biggest events on the Brimbank sports calendar is back.

The Keilor Gift will be held on Saturday, February 10, after the Brimbank council increased funding for the event.

Keilor Gift chairman Hayden Kelly said the 2018 installment of the event won’t miss a beat, despite the Gift having a year off in 2017.

“We’ve previously had a year off when we were re-doing the surface and that had no impact on the next event, so I wouldn’t expect this year to be any different,” he said.

While the Gift is the day’s main event,
Mr Kelly said festivities would start early in the day and continue well into the night.

“The Keilor Traders Association is on board this year and there’ll be lots of entertainment held at Keilor Village and at the ground,” he said. “There’ll be buskers, face-painting, an animal petting zoo, rides – and we’ll cap it all off with a fireworks display.”

The woodchopping is once more being tipped to be a significant attraction.

“We’ve got a strong women’s woodchopping event for the first time this year,” Mr Kelly said. “We’re very excited to have Caroline Wassink, who is part of the Australian team and a world champion, coming down to compete at the event.”

While there’s something for everyone to enjoy, Mr Kelly said the Gift would be a fitting main event.

“We’ve had good solid numbers for the entries into the Gift and the field should be a pretty strong one,” he said.

“The women’s Gift has also had really strong numbers and should be a great event, too.”

The Keilor Gift meeting will be held at its traditional home, Keilor Recreation Reserve, from 1.30-9.30pm, February 10.