This new Shepparton News online blog by Tourism Greater Shepparton president Cheryl Hammer will keep our readers informed about what is happening each weekend.By By Cheryl Hammer
Nothing to do in Shepparton?
Rubbish! I hope to dispel that myth in this regular space. Greater Shepparton, and its surrounds, has more than its fill of fabulous places to visit, menus to savour, people to meet and heritage to marvel at.
To whet your appetite, here are my top 5 things to do this weekend, all with a heritage twist.
1. Time for reminiscing! Spoil Dad, and the family, on Father's Day with a day out at the Emerald Bank Heritage Rally with more than 150 exhibitors of vintage and classic trucks, engines, cars, tractors, bicycles, Clydesdale Horses, sheep dog demos and heaps of entertainment for the kids. Horse and carriage rides, pony rides, climbing wall, miniature railway and face painting. Live music, food and discount entry to the Shepparton Motor Museum. Free entry to the rally from 9 am.
2. How about some gentle exercise and learn more about where you live. A guided walking tour brings to life the sights, tastes and culture of Shepparton. Every Saturday morning experienced guides who know the area "inside-out" share interesting commentary while strolling around the 2 km route. Great to do with friends or family. Contact the Shepparton Visitor Info Centre.
3. One of the longest running markets in the Shepparton area is the Shepparton Craft and Produce Market in the Queen's Gardens. You will pick up local fruit and veg, plants and homemade produce, craft, clothing and jewellery. Support your local growers and makers while the kids have some fun and help raise some money for the Rotary Club of Shepparton South. 9 am to 1pm.
4. You will be amazed at what is at the Mooroopna Historical Museum. There is the first TV ever owned in Mooroopna, a medical collection that is hailed as the best outside Melbourne and a room full of local sporting memorabilia. I couldn't believe the history that has been preserved here and I left thinking everyone should see it. A fantastic way to spend a Sunday arvo (from 1.30 pm to 4 pm).
5. And not to ignore the chance for some relaxing retail therapy, how about visiting the Dookie Emporium and Cafe where 500 square metres is filled with books, vintage clothing, retro and antique furnishings, militaria, kitchenalia and art works. It is an anthology of yesteryear bringing back many childhood memories, and it is hard to go home empty handed. Enjoy a coffee while you are there. Friday to Sunday.
Note: Cheryl Hammer is President of Tourism Greater Shepparton, a local tourism operator and journalist.
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