Dunolly will come alive next month as the Gold Rush Festival makes its exciting return on the 22nd and 23rd of October.
Events will get underway at the Dunolly Music Festival at the Dunolly Golf Club from 4pm to 10pm where Bebop-alula, Grim Fawkner, Chenai Boucher, Devils Brew and The Groove Dudes, will take to the stage. Entry is $25.
A full day of activities are planned on Sunday the 23rd at Dunolly’s Gordon Gardens, including prospecting demonstrations, archery displays, woodwork demonstrations and historic selfies at the Dunolly Courthouse, plus lots more. Entry to the Gardens is free.
Central Goldfields Shire Flynn Ward Councillor Liesbeth Long has been elected as Ambassador for the festival and said she’s been blown away by the work of the volunteer committee in creating an exciting weekend of events.
“The passion and enthusiasm of the group of volunteers of the Gold Rush Festival is incredible.
“This will be the first time since 2006 that the Festival will be taking place and the whole town is abuzz with excitement.
“There will are plenty of activities planned, there will be food stalls, demonstrations, historic selfies, gold panning and a raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs.
“Everyone in town has got behind this- all the traders will be displaying specially designed flags for the festival. All the merchandise has been printed locally as well.
“This will be a family-friendly event and the perfect way to spend some time in Dunolly.”
Dunolly Today Tomorrow, who are organising the Festival, secretary John Tully encouraged everyone to head out to Dunolly on the fourth weekend of October.
“The Gold Festival is a chance to boost tourism to Dunolly and showcase all our town has to offer.
“The events at Gordon Gardens will include a jumping castle, old cars and motorbikes, historic small engines, barefoot bowling, music at the rotunda by the Goldfields Music Club, prizes and lots more.”
The Prospectors and Miners Association Victoria AGM will unofficially kick off the Festival on Saturday the 22nd, with more than 200 people expected to attend.
The Dunolly Gold Rush Festival was successful in receiving funding as part of this year’s Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Community Grants Program.
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