This weekend is set to be one of the district’s busiest, with plenty to see and do. Here is what’s on in the area this weekend.
Echuca Heritage Family Festival
The Echuca Heritage Family Festival runs this weekend, offering free entertainment for the whole family.
The festival will enable people of all ages to experience the way things were when Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port and to help celebrate the district’s colourful history.
Tomorrow and Sunday from 10am until 4pm, steam engines will chug and whistle, hooves will clop as trotting horses accompany their carriages around the precinct, vintage cars will toot their horns and tractors from days gone by will stand resplendent.
Children will have a chance to learn how their counterparts filled in time before the advent of television and computer games, with an invitation to join in old-time games.
The billabong farm yard will entertain the children with a variety of farm animals and carriage rides.
People with an eye for crafts from yesteryear will be impressed by demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodturning, rope making, wool spinning, Morse code, ship skills and lace making.
As part of the festival, the Port of Echuca will host a sailpast and fireworks display tomorrow night, with the sailpast of local paddlesteamers from 7pm and fireworks from 8pm.
Well-known Australian actor John Waters from All the Rivers Run will provide a special sail-past commentary.
On Sunday, free face painting will be on offer and at 11am the Star Hotel will host a pancake-eating competition, allowing children to test their eating skills.
For information, contact 5482
Echuca-Moama Artists’ 58th Annual Exhibition
Approximately 200 paintings in a variety of mediums and subjects will be on display at the Echuca-Moama Uniting Church Hall, Hare St, Echuca, this weekend.
The works are by both district and interstate artists, with all paintings for sale.
The exhibition will be open on Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday noon until 4pm.
For more information contact Barbara on 5482
Echuca Farmers Market
Echuca Farmers Market is an accredited farmers market and operates at the Alton Reserve, High St Echuca tomorrow from 8am until 1pm.
Enjoy a cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee from 8.30am to 11.30am.
For more information contact 0437
Echuca Historical Society museum open day
The Echuca Historical Society museum will hold an open day tomorrow from 11am to 3pm.
Entry is free.
For more information, contact 5480
Tomorrow is the annual Gunbower Races, held at Gunbower Race Course, Fox Island Rd, Gunbower.
Gates open at 11am, with admission $15 for adults and $10 for concession.
The day will include fashions on the field, kids activities and entertainment.
There will be a big screen on the course, so attendees can watch group racing in both Melbourne and Sydney.
A shuttle bus to the event is available from Echuca, Cohuna, Kerang and Leitchville.
For more information, or to book a place on a shuttle bus, contact Echuca Racing Club on 5482
Echuca Racing Club chief executive officer Garry Armstrong said he expected about 2000 attendees at the event.
Backroads trail launch
The Backroads Trail is a new touring route which profiles the best of contemporary rural culture and is situated between Echuca-Moama, Barham and Deniliquin in southern NSW.
The trail features several local farmgate enterprises (everything from olive producers to avocado growers to potters and cellar doors) as well as a selection of interpretive panels providing stories and background information about local history and events, farming practices, indigenous heritage and local flora and fauna.
The trail offers visitors the opportunity to explore the ‘backroads’ by providing opportunities for day trips and incentives for visitors to stay in the region longer.
The businesses along the trail are also passionate about bridging the city-country divide and telling their story to visitors.
The trail will be launched tomorrow at Perricoota Station by invitation only but the public is welcome to enjoy the trail at any time from 2pm.
Our Treasures, Our Stories Extravaganza
The St Mary’s Church ‘Our Treasures, Our Stories’ Extravaganza will feature a range of historic items on display all weekend.
Among the items on display will be an invitation to dinner with American President Theodore Rooseveldt made from wood and two copes worn by bishops in Bendigo.
The exhibition will be held at St Mary’s Parish, Anstruther St, Echuca, tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Cost is $5, which includes morning or afternoon tea.
All money raised will go towards a fire-proof safe to house historic parish documents.
Echuca-Moama Family History Group book sale
The Echuca-Moama Family History Group will hold a book sale from 10am until 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.
A wide range of books will be available to purchase.
The book sale will be held at The Murray Hotel, 9 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
For information, contact John Howe on 5482
Mawsons 100th birthday celebration
Mawsons is celebrating its 100th birthday at Cohuna Secondary College from 11am until 4pm tomorrow.
This weekend is the first round of the Campaspe Tennis Association competition.
All grades start competition tomorrow.
Contact your nearest club for more details.
The Campaspe Valley Bowls division also starts from today.
All grades except women’s division one and two will start tomorrow.
Women’s divisions one and two begin next Friday
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After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
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Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
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SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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