Long weekend offers plenty

Terry Simpson has been on the road for the past few years, but has made the Parkes Country Music Festival a must for the past three years.And it has worked well for him – winning the best busker in 2012 and 2013.Terry Simpson performed in Clarinda Street yesterday, joined by his No. 1 fan, his wife, Maree. Photo: Roel ten Cate. This October long weekend will bring many visitors to Parkes Shire which has a fantastic line up of events scheduled over the four days.

This October long weekend will bring many visitors to Parkes Shire which has a fantastic line up of events scheduled over the four days.

They include the annual Country Music Festival, Parkes Antique Motor Club’s (PAMC) annual vintage motorcycle rally and the inaugural Wiradjuri Festival in Peak Hill.

“Locals and visitors to Parkes Shire can expect another jam-packed October long weekend of events with something for everyone,” Council’s Events Development Officer, Chia Barlow said yesterday.

“With great weather forecast and the variety of entertainment planned, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about and see the array of events the Shire has on offer.”

Once again the annual 2PK Parkes Country Music Festival will take place (starting yesterday) and continuing until Monday.

A large number of visitors and locals will enjoy the fun, competitions and quality entertainment that make the Festival the highlight of the weekend (full details appeared in Wednesday’s edition).

The Festival includes the Central West Country Music Awards (trophies and prizemoney for all sections), a family muster and walk-up talent quest, busking competition, and the Festival Country Concert featuring special guest artists Justin Standley, Melissa Bajric, and the Wayne Rider Band, as well as a gospel service on Sunday and Last Round-up Breakfast on Monday morning.

There’s also something new this long weekend.

The Peak Hill Aboriginal Community Working Party, The Bulgandramine Traditional Owners and Red Dust Creations (together) are inviting everyone to the inaugural Peak Hill Wiradjuri Festival 2014 which will be celebrating Wiradjuri Aboriginal culture.

The activities will include grass root performances, dancers, singers, painters, carvers, story tellers, bush tucker experts and language exponents.

It all starts this evening, and goes through until Sunday afternoon.

The event will be held at the old Bulgandramine Mission.

Also this weekend is PAMC’s 38th annual rally for vintage and classic motorcycles made up until 1984.

Members of the public are invited to view the machines which will be on display at the Henry Parkes Centre from 9am to 1:30pm tomorrow.

For more 2014 motorbike rally information, the contact is Bob Steel on 6863 4349.

And if you’re looking for something else for the kids to do, a reminder the Parkes Pool has already opened.

Of course, key attractions such as ‘The Dish’, the Henry Parkes Centre and Peak Hill Open Cut Experience are also open.

The Parkes Visitor Information Centre will be open all long weekend from 10am – 4pm or telephone 6862 6000.

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