Big program for ‘Big Weekend’
Anticipation is reaching fever pitch for Murtoa’s Big Weekend. The Wimmera town’s annual three-day celebration will kick off on the morning of Friday, October 4 with an agricultural show from 11.30am to 4.30pm at Murtoa Showground.
Entry to the show is $10 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of five and 15, and free entry for children under five.
Murtoa’s The Stick Shed will also be open from 10am to 12.30pm.
The Stick Shed will open on all three days of Murtoa’s Big Weekend and will include a ‘Land is Family’ photography exhibition by Jenani Therone and ‘Poetry In The Sticks’ on Sunday morning by local poet Michael Fenaughty.
Following the agricultural show, a free community ‘Flicks and Tricks! In The Sticks’ event will be at The Stick Shed from 6pm to 11pm with live music, the screening of short film competition entries and a sound, light and puppetry show.
A Made in Natimuk artist’s residency, supported by Regional Arts Victoria, will also be unveiled.
Saturday, October 5 will begin with a Monster Street Market on Murtoa’s Mcdonald Street, featuring a variety of street market stalls, pottery demonstrations, children’s entertainment and a barbecue.
There will be a farm tour departing from the Watts River Brewery Stall at the street market, allowing people to see where the brewery’s ingredients are grown, at 11am.
An art exhibition and sale will be at the Mechanics Hall on Duncan Street from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will display artworks in several mediums – many of which will be for sale.
Three major Murtoa projects – Cade Lane, Murtoa Lakeside Cabins and Murtoa Railway Station – will officially open during the Saturday.
People can also meet at Murtoa Cemetery on Saturday to be amazed by a historical tour.
Saturday afternoon will offer something special for young people, with esports at Murtoa College.
Electronic sports, or esports, growing sport in the world.
It is a sport for all ages, providing good social opportunities and is easy to master for beginners.
Plenty of excitement will be on offer at Murtoa Racecourse as the Murtoa Cup races kick off from 12.30pm on Saturday.
There will be action on and off the track as the races feature live music and free children’s activities including a jumping castle.
Following the conclusion of the races, patrons can enjoy a night at the Railway Hotel, with music provided by Acousticus Stomp.
Open on both Saturday and Sunday are the Water Tower Museum, Concordia College, the newly opened Murtoa Railway Station and a Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally, providing wonderful historical displays.
Each of these elements is an important part of Murtoa’s history and will provide plenty of entertainment.
An Ecumenical service on Sunday morning will follow a theme of 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages.
A Rainbow Colour Run, with live DJ, will take place around Lake Marma from 9.30am Sunday.
People can visit website www.murtoabig weekend.com.au and facebook.com/murtoa Big Weekend for a full program listing and more information. is the fastest