Forbes' Rich History Celebrated

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Forbes will celebrate over 150 years of rich history during the Forbes Heritage Week Festival starting on the 1st May 2021.

The week begins with a Festival in Victoria Park and Harold Street and Mayor of Forbes, Phyllis Miller said this year is even more special than ever, with Council celebrating 150 years, plus 1, this year.

"Forbes will step back in time this coming week to celebrate and pay homage to the traditions that have shaped our amazing town," says Forbes Shire Council Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM. "The Festival week begins this Saturday, 1 May, with a festival day in Victoria Park showcasing roving entertainment group, Convict Footprints. This group is so incredible and their shows make history fun to watch, it's not boring at all. If the kids like Horrible Histories they will love this!

"The Festival will also showcase a variety of stalls including our local Museum and there will be a Blacksmith and a Cheese Maker showing the old techniques to the public. The CWA and Lions Club Damper competition will be on again as these two rivals battle it out each year to see who can make the best damper. Watch them cook over an open fire pit where everyone will get the opportunity to try their cooked delights.

"There will also be vintage cars and machinery lining Harold Street,” continues Mayor Miller. “Swamp Dawkins Bush Band, family history, and a variety of stalls throughout beautiful Victoria Park showcasing our magnificent history. Bring the kids down to see how life was in times gone by.

"Our week concludes with the celebration of 150 years of Forbes Shire Council. This is a truly a momentous occasion and we are so proud of the achievements we have accomplished over this time.  We really want Heritage Week to be a celebration of our town's heritage and history and it will be far from ordinary that's for sure," concludes Mayor Miller.

The week-long event will includes the following events:

Saturday 1 May - Heritage Festival Victoria Park 10am - 2pm.

Forbes will step back in time to showcase the Heritage Festival in Victoria Park on Saturday 1 May 2021. 

Live entertainment with Swamp Dawkins Bush Band, Convict Footprints roving entertainers, Blacksmith and cheese making demonstrations.

The Ben Hall Film will be shown in Town Hall, and the locally famous CWA Damper competition with the Lions Club will be showcased.

There will be stalls throughout our beautiful Victoria Park showcasing the history of Forbes and surrounding communities, fun games for the kids, coffee and a variety of food options will also be available.

Harold Street will be lined with historical machinery and vehicles.

Tuesday 4 May - Heritage Week Awards

Each year Forbes Shire Council shines a spotlight on the great work that is carried out in our community to promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Awards Night will be held on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at the Platypus Gallery. The Forbes Medal and Heritage Volunteer Award will be awarded along with the prestigious Art Prizes from the Forbes Art Society.

Wednesday 5 May – Preserving Heritage in NSW

This talk will delve into the relationship between Heritage NSW, Local Government, National Heritage Trust and the Community in preserving Heritage across the State. Examples will be provided from Forbes and other areas for an engaging discussion on the tools available to preserve our local heritage. Join Heritage Architect, Graham Hall 11.30am at Forbes Town Hall.

Audience participation and general discussion will follow the talk, and we will finish up the event with lunch and networking.

The talk will be engaging for anyone involved in the Planning system, solicitors who represent clients of Heritage Buildings, and community members interested in Heritage Conservation.

Saturday 8 May - Forbes Shire Council 150 Years Gala Celebration

Council will be holding a ticketed event to celebrate the 150 + 1 years of Forbes Shire Council. The event will include entertainment, roving cocktail menu and catching up with previous Councillors, staff and community who have shared time at Forbes Shire Council.

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