Gold Trail Festival program set

Members of the Canberra Bush Dancing Display Group at last year's Gold Trail Festival.
Members of the Canberra Bush Dancing Display Group at last year's Gold Trail Festival.

THE program for this year’s Harden Gold Trail Festival has been set with the festival starting on Friday, April 19 with a dazzling digital light show in Murrumburrah.

The light show, which starts at 7.30pm, will be at 346 Albury Street and will provide a rare opportunity to people to see inside the historic Barnes Building.

The light show is being put together by teacher and artist Adam Bernthaler, Stephen Byrne, creative graphic artist and local photographer Martin Lang, along with students from Murrumburrah High School. Cocktails and nibbles will be provided and entry is by donation.

Saturday, April 20 will feature ‘Sculptures by the Creek’ in Coddington Park from 9.30am through until 4pm.

This exhibition of art and sculptures will be on display at Coddington Park along the Murrumboola Creek Boardwalk. 

This is the first year for ‘Sculptures by the Creek’ has been held and organisers and regional foods and wine will be showcased along with music by Uluru and there will be a special appearance by the Queanbeyan Pipe Band and the Limping Poet.

Ruth Downes, artist, and previous exhibitor in Sculptures by the Sea 2005, 2012 will judge the artworks and award prize for most artistic excellence. There will also be a visit from antique car clubs and a triathlon.

A ‘Bushrangers Dinner’ will be held on Saturday night in the Barnes Building, starting at 7pm.

The dinner will feature a three-course meal of colonial fare prepared by Kerrie and Rob Provan, local chefs of wide renown. There will also be entertainment from the era as you dine. For tickets to the dinner contact Wendy on 0417 763 778.

The Harden Gold Trail “Colonial Festival” will be held at the Murrumburrah Showground on Sunday April 21 from 10am to 4pm 

The festival will take visitors back in time and excite the senses with the sights, sounds and the atmosphere of the colonial era. 

There will be re-enactments of colourful past events as well as demonstrations of trades and crafts of days gone by, Cobb and Co Mail Coach rides, plus various static displays of historical interest.

The Harden Murrumburrah Historical Society will present a display in the pavilion, including Chinese costumes to honour the history of the Chinese on the goldfields.

Mark Thurtell will have a display of historic bushranger relics, many of them found by Mark himself. Visiting this pavilion will also provide visitors with a chance to see the town’s goldmining history, or have a family portrait taken in colonial costume.

Local indigenous artists Amanda and Roy Levett will have an art exhibition in the old Cowabbie Schoolhouse.

Live music will be provided by the Franklyn B Paverty Bush Band and the Canberra Bush Dancing Display Group will teach old time dances.

The Christine Wishart Dance Studio will perform the Maypole. 

Festival visitors will also have a chance to try their hand at gold panning, participate in a selection of colonial and vintage games organised for all ages, or enter a billy cart in the Billy Cart Derby. 

People attending are being asked to contribute to the atmosphere by coming in costume and prizes will be awarded for the best colonial dressed lady, gent, lassie and lad.

There will be an assorted range of colonial and traditional fare available to keep you nourished throughout the day along with a variety of market stalls. Entry is by donation.