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Granny Smith Festival

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When in season, Granny Smith apples are crispy, juicy and tart. The first batch of the green apples was "accidentally" grown in Australia by Maria Ann Smith back in 1868 and ever since, the apples have carried her name and is now grown worldwide.

In celebration of her life and legacy, the City of Ryde comes together each year for the Granny Smith Festival and this year the festival will be turning 25 on 16 October.

The event, which attracted around 85,000 people last year, will be bringing back that true community carnival vibe by kicking-off celebrations with a grand parade taking place from Eastwood Oval and through the streets of Eastwood.

There'll also be plenty of activities for the kids to show-off their talents on the big stage with a karaoke competition, Singing STAR. Meanwhile, Sports STAR will give the chance to all sports fanatic to learn how to play handball and participate in the great Granny Smith Handball Challenge.

Other highlights of the day will be the animal farm, the carnival rides and watch students from the local public schools perform tributes to Madonna and A Kung Fu Panda piece.

The Core will also be back with bands and entertainment for young people, including a skate ramp, chill-out space, a mechanical bull and heaps of freebies.

To end the day, mums and dads can get their groove on by dancing and singing to some known ABBA favourites. Performed by ABBA's Back, the groupie will bring their ABBA tribute show complete with costumes, dance moves and harmonies to the stage.
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Why? Celebrate a bite of history
When: Saturday 16 October
Where: Rowe and Trelawney Streets, Eastwood
Cost: Free
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