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Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2014

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Free festival with music, kid's activities, and steam train

The Hurstbridge Wattle Festival will take place on 31 August 2014. Following tradition that spans over 11 years, this rural street festival is held on the last Sunday in August in Hurstbridge. This year, the auspicious day will be Sunday, 31 August 2014.

The Hurstbridge Wattle Festival will take place from 10am to 4pm. Live entertainment will be the highlight of this festival with youth bands belting out popular songs. Roving performers will be regaling visitors. Adults will be entertained by a Tongan Feast and local wines and art. Children will be delirious with joy by the wide array of free and fun activities including a treasure hunt and an animal nursery. There will be balloon artists, face painting and more. Thomas the trackless Engine will offer free rides to kids.

The festival will feature steam train rides, vintage cars motor Bikes, BMX Bikes and free double-decker bus ride. A Captain Koala and information display will be present. An Indigenous food garden will be a fascinating part of the festival and a tribute will be paid to the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri tribe. Do not forget to check out YARNBOM, the "First Train to Allwood" crochet train on the fenceline adjacent to the station. This is a permanent art installation in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Rail to Hurstbridge.

The Wattle Festival Night Market will be the latest addition to this festival. The market will run from 5pm to 8pm on the festival day. The market will be replete with fete stalls offering merchandise of all kinds giving festivalgoers excellent opportunities for engaging in retail therapies. If you will like to register your interest to hold a market stall then send your enquiries to Visit the Wattle Festival Night Market Facebook page for all the factoids on the market.

Volunteers are the true strength of this festival. So if you can volunteer even an hour of your time then please visit this website to partake in all the festivities while scoring some good karma. If you will like perform at the festival then visit this website.

A full program itinerary had not been released at the time of writing this article. But keep an eye on this website to be in the know. Tidbits about the festival can be found on the official website. Follow them on Facebook to remain privy to all the relevant updates.

The Hurstbridge Wattle Festival will be hosted by the Hurstbridge Township on the main road of Hurstbridge . You can choose to arrive in the festival arena in style by boarding a steam train from Flinders Street railway station.

All are welcome to this fun-filled family friendly festival for a grand celebration of our unique Australian heritage community and environment in a cosy, little, rural town named Hurstbridge.
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Why? To experience steam engines and more
When: From 10am to 4pm
Phone: 13 0066 0072
Where: Hurstbridge Township, Main Road, Hurstbridge
Cost: Free
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