IF 150 years isn’t worth a week-long celebration then not much is.
Hillston’s sesqui-centenary celebrations will kick off in style tomorrow, September 21, with the St Joseph’s P&F Sesqui Centenary Ball, featuring an early 1960s theme.
Organisers of the celebrations are gearing up for a huge week.
“It’s going to be a very exciting week for Hillston,” Hillston Sesqui-Centenary committee secretary Lyn Manton said.
“People are tidying things up for it and it’s all happening around town. The countdown is on and we are ready.”
On Sunday a combined church service will be conducted with a picnic lunch in the Lion’s Park, starting at 11am, with guest speaker Reverend Jorge Rebolledo, the flying patrol minister.
Then on Monday morning locals will witness the opening of the new Shire Office. At 12pm, what is expected to be the highlight of the week, the Sesqui-Centenary Parade along High Street, will take place.
The parade will finish at the club oval where local market stalls will be operating.
“We have more than 30 floats involved in the parade,” Mrs Manton said.
“There will be people walking, horses, vintage cars, and tractors. It will be really colourful and each of the schools, businesses and sporting teams are involved.
“It’s good to see that the whole town is celebrating.
“The market stalls will have lots of produce and craft items.”
A host of other events are planned throughout the week, including Tuesday evening’s highly anticipated “Hillston the Musical” written, produced and staged by locals.
The week will finish with the 124th Hillston Show on Saturday, September 28.