Golden times ahead with events nearing
THE third weekend inNovember will be another big one for Eidsvold as the town marks the 125th anniversary of the gazettal of the goldfields.
The Goldfield Princess Competition will begin with a wine and cheese evening at the RM Williams Centre on Friday, November 16, where the girls will mingle with the judges in a social atmosphere before moving into the learning room for individual interviews.
Dinner will be available at the bowls club afterwards.
The young ladies will be the centrepiece of the parade on Saturday morning as they move across to the showground.
They will be briefly interviewed on stage during the afternoon, prior to the judges arriving at their decision.
“We are looking for young women, married or single, in the 16-to-30-years age group, who are interested in supporting their local community, developing some confidence and having some fun,” Eidsvold and District Historical Society president Jan Mossman said.
“Just so that the men won’t be left out, we are also running a Mr Miner competition.
“They get off lightly compared with the ladies and will simply be judged on the most authentic period costume.”
The Essay and Poetry competition closes on November 5, and entries can be submitted to PO Box 28, Eidsvold, dropped into Eidsvold Newsagency, or can be emailed to email@example.com.
The entries will be read to patients at the local hospital to ensure the inclusion of Eidsvold’s elderly residents in the event.
Poems and essays will be judged by RM Williams’ daughter, Diane Beer.
Those wishing to participate in the street parade can nominate by calling 4165 1337 or 4165 0895 by November 10.
Entrants in the street parade will gather at the Historical Society precinct at 10am on Saturday, November 17, and will begin to move across to the showground at 11am.
It is expected the procession will involve vintage cars, hot rods, a bullock team, a marching band, bicycles, scooters and floats, with prizes awarded for the float most appropriate to the theme, most humorous float, best-decorated bike and scooter and even best-dressed pet.
At the showground, there will be entertainment for all age groups, with icecreams, a jumping castle and mini train rides for the kids and the musicians’ muster to commence after the judging of the Goldfield Princess.
Lunch and dinner will be available and a licensed bar will be in operation.
IMPRESSIVE LIONS FLOAT: In 1987 the Eidsvold Lions Club put a great deal of effort into this gold miner’s float, complete with mining equipment, washing line and hut.