Easter is almost upon us and preparations for Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival 2014 are speeding up.April 10, 2014 3:55am
Committee spokesperson Heather Wellington said entertainers had been booked and confirmed with the big drawcard this year being Snakebusters.
‘‘Snakebusters are the leading providers of mobile wildlife displays in Melbourne. They are the only hands-on reptile shows that let people hold the animals,’’ she said.
‘‘They attend more major events, kids’ birthdays and schools across Victoria than anyone else.
‘‘Snakebusters are alone with the expertise to have vet certified surgically de-venomised deadly snakes to guarantee safety for all.’’
Ms Wellington said Snakebusters would be located on the grassed area behind the council offices.
She said they would be giving lectures during Easter Saturday and be available for questions and photographs between shows.
‘‘Kids are fascinated with reptiles so this is a safe way for them to learn about them,’’ she said.
Ms Wellington said a new addition to the festival was Margarita Enchilada, a character performed by Sam Starr, who has been performing for more than 10 years.
‘‘Margarita is a charming, bubbly, lovable and highly-skilled modern day Carmen Miranda. She will make the kids giggle and squeal with delight over her magic pocket tricks and wow audiences big and small with her precision hula hooping skills,’’ she said.
‘‘Add plate spinning, juggling, balloons and hysterical comedy and you have Margarita Enchilada.
‘‘Margarita will be mixing with the crowds from 10 am to 1 pm.’’
Ms Wellington said Darcy Elliott, the young comedic ventriloquist from Echuca, would be returning this year for an hour’s show after the parade on Saturday about 2 pm.
‘‘If you can remember some of his antics last year I’m sure you will be in the front row for his next performance here, providing you don’t get picked to be ‘The Baby’. Hopefully the weather will be fine, if not the show will be held in the Rushworth Town Hall,’’ she said.
‘‘The Ballyregan Bush Band will be making a return this year after two years’ break and they will be sure to get toes tapping.
‘‘There will be a dance floor in place so make sure breakfast is eaten to give you energy for all that dancing. If you think you can’t dance, all the instructions are called so you can dance up a real storm.
‘‘They will be playing until 1 pm when the parade starts.’’
Ms Wellington said there would be loads of stalls, a face painter, bouncy castle and children’s petting zoo.
‘‘Let’s not forget the art show in the Senior Citizens rooms where you can vote for your favourite painting, and maybe even purchase an original artwork for your home,’’ she said.
Profits from Rushworth Lions Club’s long-standing wood and produce auction will go back into the community so get your wood in for winter.
As usual the auction will start at 10 am at Hilders Block.
Ms Wellington said the children’s Easter egg hunt at the Community House Garden would start at 11.30 am.
‘‘Marcie Rabbit will be in charge this year . . . ’’ she said.
‘‘This hunt proves more popular every year with more chocolate easter eggs being hidden every year.
‘‘The garden volunteers were disappointed last year, they hunted around after the children had left and didn’t find one egg.
‘‘A few scarecrows have already started appearing around town.
‘‘The scarecrow competition provided a lot of fun and this year even more will arrive we think.’’
Ms Wellington said mini-bus tours were on again to David Barton’s Miners Village and the Jones Eucalyptus Still.
‘‘This year there may also be another attraction on the bus tour but that is still to be confirmed,’’ she said.
About 85 heavy horses (draught horses) will gather at Moora Recreation Reserve, about 7 km from Rushworth for the Easter Weekend.
A majority of them camp there for the weekend with their handlers and trainers and on Easter Saturday, some take part in the Easter Parade and then head back to Moora.
Easter Sunday the Moora Recreation is open to the public to view horses ploughing and winnowing with old farm equipment.
Also on Easter Sunday there will be music and entertainment.
For more information phone Heather on 0429 686 375.
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