BARELLAN is gearing up for a huge long weekend and all residents in the region searching for something to do have been invited to get in on the action.
The Barellan Good Old Days weekend is known for its many interesting demonstrations, activities and heavy horses across the October long weekend of going back in time.
The event will kick off on Friday night with the town hosting a “tribute to the teams” where numerous teams of horses, clydesdales, mules, donkeys, camels and goats are going to be “driven” into Barellan from all over Australia and paraded down the main road and over to the showgrounds.
Event publicity officer Carl Chirgwin Event publicity officer Carl Chirgwin said one of the highlights this year would be the re-barreling of a number of Furphys with a re-enacted of the famous Furphy photo to take place.
“Renovations from various working bees have put a new slant on the animal petting ring, the milking cow and butter churning demonstrations as well,” he said.
“We have Julie Lawrence and Jed Blair from Hay/Carrathool who will be singing under the stars Saturday night with a special song being penned in relation to our weekend while everyone is enjoying their campfire cooked dinner.
“Once you pay at the gate all attractions and experiences are free for people to enjoy.
“We love to see people bring their camping set ups and stay and have fun with us.”
As well as the event having plenty to see and do, the benefits for the Barellan community are also extensive.
“With up to five to 6000 people attending, the economic influx to the town is enormous,” Mr Chirgwin said.
“We only have locals doing the catering and beverages, all money raised is kept within the community.
“All the money that each business in town makes over the weekend is of complete bonus to them as it puts our little town with a big heart on the map for people to come back and enjoy in the future, especially with our tennis racquet icon on the Burley Griffin Way.”
The idea behind the weekend is for people to head along and see the pioneering days of Australian agriculture with the way people lived and farmed the land and their homesteads way back when.
Head to Barellan across Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to find out what it’s all about.
For more information visit visit http://www.barellanclydesdales.com.au.