Huge Easter planned

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Easter Festival -

Asched­ule for Warracknab­eal’s Y-fest Easter Fes­ti­val from April 14 to 17 is packed with a broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions.

The week­end of­fers ev­ery­thing from art, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment to horse rac­ing, golf, an an­nual vin­tage rally and a tra­di­tional Easter Satur­day street pa­rade.

Y-fest is a Warracknab­eal district cel­e­bra­tion but em­braces all things Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire.

Launch­ing the fes­ti­val on Good Fri­day is the start of Warracknab­eal Golf Club’s four-day Easter tour­na­ment.

The Fri­day event is a men and women ver­sus par competitio­n.

The golf­ing ac­tion con­tin­ues with men’s and women’s sta­ble­ford on the Satur­day, men’s and women’s twop­er­son am­brose on the Sun­day and again a men’s and women’s sta­ble­ford competitio­n on the Mon­day.

Fri­day even­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are based around the launch of a fes­ti­val art show in Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire of­fices in Lyle Street.

Warracknab­eal Arts Coun­cil hosts the art show and this year’s show fea­tures the work of Joan Goad of Brim and Ron Pen­rose of Hor­sham.

The State Li­brary is also bring­ing a tour­ing art show of copies and orig­i­nal paint­ings of chil­dren’s book cov­ers to Warracknab­eal for the week­end.

There will be a pre­view and artist talk from 5.30pm to 7pm on the Fri­day and the art show will be from noon to 5pm on the Satur­day, 11am to 5pm, Sun­day and 11am to 3.30pm on Mon­day.

There are ma­jor events at the heart of the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing Wheat­lands 50th An­nual Vin­tage Rally, Warracknab­eal Rac­ing Club’s Easter race meet­ing and the pop­u­lar and colour­ful Easter Satur­day street pa­rade.

Wheat­lands Mu­seum, on the Henty High­way, has a rep­u­ta­tion of hous­ing the most ex­ten­sive collection of vin­tage agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, in­clud­ing trac­tors and sta­tion­ary en­gines, in Aus­tralia. Dur­ing the three days of the Easter rally, the unique collection goes on dis­play while restora­tion en­thu­si­asts from across Aus­tralia ex­hibit their own col­lec­tions.

This year’s rally cel­e­brates 100 years of Ford­son and 150 years of ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ing in Warracknab­eal.

Rally ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude par­tic­i­pa­tion in the street pa­rade, a twi­light vin­tage trac­tor pull and a crank start trac­tor race. There will also be trac­tor demon­stra­tions, shear­ing, rocker cover races, a hay bale maze and Easter egg hunt.

Cup meet­ing

The Easter race meet­ing fea­tures the run­ning of the Warracknab­eal Cup and the day of rac­ing also in­cludes a va­ri­ety of side events.

There will be fash­ions on the field, live mu­sic, an egg hunt and free ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

This year there are ‘Fast and Fu­ri­ous’ tick­ets, in­cor­po­rat­ing horse rac­ing on Easter Satur­day at Warracknab­eal and gen­eral ad­mis­sion to a Ni­tro Cir­cus show at Hor­sham City Oval on Easter Sun­day.

Many peo­ple will line Warracknab­eal’s main street from 11am for the Easter Satur­day Street Pa­rade.

The pa­rade fea­tures a town crier, vin­tage and mod­ern ve­hi­cles, nov­elty floats and count­less other school, group and com­mu­nity at­trac­tions.

Warracknab­eal shops will open un­til 1pm and of­fer spe­cials to match the oc­ca­sion.

Warracknab­eal Aero Club will or­gan­ise a fly­over dur­ing the event.

Busk­ing has be­come a ma­jor part of the fes­ti­val and Yfest Busk­ing will be in the main street from 9am on the Satur­day. Buskers can per­form any­where in Scott Street.

A busk­ing competitio­n will run from 12.30pm to 6pm at Lions Park over Yar­ri­ambi­ack Creek past Creek­side Ho­tel, where there will also be a bar­be­cue and drinks avail­able.

More than $2000 in prize­money is up for grabs in the competitio­n, in­clud­ing $1000 for the win­ning act.

Competitio­n en­try forms are avail­able online at

If that isn’t enough, Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire’s evolv­ing Silo Arts Trail is also a ma­jor at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors.

Mas­sive mu­rals are on si­los at Sheep Hills, 18 kilo­me­tres south of Warracknab­eal via Stawell-warracknab­eal Road, Brim, 20 kilo­me­tres north on the Henty High­way, and Patchewol­lock, 112 kilo­me­tres north via the Henty High­way.

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