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Golden Horseshoes Festival

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Beechworth's Streets of Gold
Beechworth's annual Golden Horseshoe Festival is on again and will be staged over the Easter long weekend 14th to 17th April.

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Historic Beechworth hosts the annual Golden Horseshoes Festival each Easter to celebrate a legend of the towns gold rush history. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Events for the 2017 Festival will include the ever-popular Grand Parade on Easter Saturday and the kids favorite, the Easter Egg Hunt to be staged on Easter Sunday commencing at 10 AM.

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Always a favorite with the kids the Easter Egg Hunt will start at 10 AM on Easter Sunday.


There'll be roving street buskers and a number of stages presenting live entertainment all day, food stalls and street markets.

Golfers won't want to miss the Beechworth Golden Putters competition hitting off at Midday on Good Friday and 'petrol heads' will line the streets to view vintage, veteran & classic cars in the Festival's inaugural Show & Shine event.

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The Hibernian Hotel, one of many attractions in historic Beechworth. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The Easter Carnival will run all weekend in the Police Paddocks between Ford & High Streets featuring kids favourites like Dodgem Cars, mini motorbike rides and jumping castles from 10 AM daily.

At midday on Easter Saturday relive the legend that gave us the Golden Horseshoe Festival, the re-enactment of the shoeing of Daniel Cameron's horse with gold horseshoes.

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The legend of the Golden Horseshoes is just one of the fabulous stories stemming from Beechworth's gold rush history. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


This annual event provides a fabulous excuse to take time-out in Beechworth over the Easter long weekend and enjoy everything this historic township and surrounding districts have to offer visitors.

Beechworth is a 3-hour drive north of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway to Wangaratta then the C315 to Beechworth.

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You never know, you might even catch up with the Easter Bunny on the road to Beechworth .


For further information contact the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Ford Street. Telephone 1300 366 321, (03) 5728 8064 or visit the website www.beechworth.com

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All roads lead to Beechworth this Easter long weekend for the annual Golden Horseshoes Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

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Why? Take time-out in historic Beechworth with its fabulous gold rush history and some of the best food & wine on offer in Victoria's northeast.
When: Easter long weekend Friday April 14th to Monday April 17th.
Phone: 1300 366 321 or (03) 5728 8064
Where: Beechworth
Cost: Largely free but some venues and events will charge.
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