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For a great day trip from Canberra, take the one hour drive south to Cooma for the Feast of Festival Weekends, kicking off on Friday 1 November 2013. The weekend combines several events, with something to appeal to the taste of every family member.
The Snowy Ride is an annual event that raises funds for the Steve Walters Children's Cancer Foundation. In the past eleven years, the ride has raised over $3 million for research into childhood cancer and support for kids with cancer. The Snowy Ride brings an influx of riders and their motorcycles into the Snowy Mountains Region, with checkpoints at Bombala, Cooma, Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Charlottes Pass and Thredbo. Saturday is a great day to see the spectacular variety of bikes and riders when they converge on Cooma Showground to complement the Cooma MotorFest. Later on Saturday, the riders take part in a mass ride from Bullocks Flat to Thredbo. www.snowyride.org.au
The MotorFest displays an array of vehicles and machinery, including hotrods, classics, military, historical, agricultural and trade. It's a revhead's dream - the showground sparkles with polished chrome, smells of warm upholstery and exhaust, and the air vibrates with the revving of engines old and new.www.coomacarclub.org.au
For those into music, the Australian National Busking Championships are being held on Saturday and Sunday. This highly popular and free event takes place at various venues around town, and features a colourful variety of performers and instruments. There are some great prizes up for grabs for the buskers, with the finals concert taking place on Sunday afternoon.www.coomamusic.com.au
If peace and quiet are more your thing, then head along to the Feast of Poetry at the Raglan Art Gallery on Saturday. Listen to the recitals and other entertainment set amongst the beautiful garden. Take the opportunity to explore one of Cooma's oldest buildings and the art displayed within.
This weekend is a time when Cooma really celebrates Australian life and culture. Don't miss out this year, grab the camera and jump in the car and make the easy drive to Cooma for a unique blend of festivities in Cooma's Feast of Festivals Weekend. See this link for more details: www.visitcooma.com.au