GRIFFITH might not have its own eisteddfod, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t brimming with talent.
Busloads of school students are heading out of town this month to prove that, as they take part in the 51st Leeton Eisteddfod.
Just over the halfway mark of the competition, president of the Eisteddfod Society Judith Nolan said the event was proving as popular as ever.
“A large number of our competitors are from Griffith. There was some discussion about Griffith holding its own eisteddfod a little while ago, but that never eventuated. It takes a lot of hard work to put this event on,” Mrs Nolan said.
“Within weeks of this one finishing, we start planning the next one.
“They come from all over to compete and the standard is very high.”
The competition kicked off on Thursday, August 1, with participants in the speech and drama component, which ran through until August 5, impressing visiting adjudicator Zita Denholm.
Meanwhile, dancers in the ballet and revue section have been busy wowing audiences with their elegance and eye-catching costumes.
Marian Catholic College students will fly the flag for Griffith today when they raise their voices in song in the high school choir section.
“Because we are a country eisteddfod we try really hard to get the best adjudicators possible so that our kids get the same sort of feedback those in the city would,” Mrs Nolan said.
“Our dance adjudicator has been blown away by what she has seen.
“She said that the costuming and grooming was amazing and she was very impressed with the standard of performance.”
The Leeton Eisteddfod will run through until August 25 when the fancy footwork of local line dancers, including some from Griffith, will bring the competition to a close.