Charleville to cel­e­brate 150 years in style

Western Times - - NEWS -

CHARLEVILLE is gear­ing up for one of its big­gest cel­e­bra­tions of the year as the town pre­pares to party in style for its Big Birth­day Bash and Bilby Fes­ti­val.

The his­tor­i­cal mile­stone is set to take over the streets of Charleville from Fri­day to Sun­day, Septem­ber 7-9, with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­ter­tain the whole fam­ily.

All the ac­tion kicks off on Thurs­day evening with a meet and greet at the bowls club and the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Mulga Land Gallery pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion.

The fun con­tin­ues on Fri­day with a book launch and Greek-themed lunch at Ho­tel Corones.

Heine­mann’s Bak­ery is also cel­e­brat­ing 20 years of busi­ness with an eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion from 4pm.

A float and street pa­rade will trans­form the streets of Charleville into a pa­rade from 6pm.

On Satur­day evening, the Charleville Fur Ball and Big Birth­day event will in­vite past and present lo­cals to de­scend on the town for a night of fun and danc­ing.

Mur­weh Shire tourism co­or­di­na­tor Monique John­son said the towns­peo­ple were look­ing for­ward to the cel­e­bra­tions.

“We might have missed the ac­tual 150th year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got a lot hap­pen­ing.

“The ball is al­ways a great night with ex­tra en­ter­tain­ment through­out the evening and Charleville’s Big Birth­day and Bilby Fes­ti­val Grand Pa­rade 2018 is shap­ing up to be a fan­tas­tic evening,” Ms John­son said.

Ms John­son said there were al­ready 22 float nom­i­na­tions, fairy lights above the streets and mul­ti­cul­tural food stalls con­firmed.

“Peo­ple need to make sure that they book ahead for any of the book­able events, in­clud­ing tours, the Big Birth­day Bilby Ball tick­ets and even restau­rants.

“We wouldn’t want any­one to miss out,” Ms John­son said.

“Re­mem­ber to get into the new Mulga Lands Gallery on Al­fred St and see the dis­play through­out the three days and the events on Sun­day for Na­tional Bilby Day.”

Sun­day will have more food, mar­kets and bilby events, plus a fun golf day to con­clude the mile­stone cel­e­bra­tion.

PHOTO: GE­ORGE BALSILLIE

AL­MOST PARTY TIME: A float and street pa­rade will trans­form the streets of Charleville into a pa­rade from 6pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

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