Ironfest 2014

Ironfest 2014

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Posted 2014-04-12 by Deborah McGrathfollow

Fri 25 Apr 2014 - Sun 27 Apr 2014

Ironfest, Lithgow's premier festival of madness and mayhem is on this ANZAC Day long weekend.

According to festival coordinators %%"Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge' - Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal.

Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac Day, Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors and machine enthusiasts & hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world".%%http://www.ironfest.net/

The brain child of festival coordinator MacGregor Ross, Ironfest was originally "started in 2000 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of steel in Australia, in Lithgow" http://www.ironfest.net/. From it's humble beginnings at the top end of Main Street, the festival has grown in size and stature each year under the imaginative incarnations of MacGregor and the volunteers he works with, which is why in 2010 it was recognised by Tourism NSW as an 'Event of State Significance'.

Each year, the basic format of the festival remains the same but, the theme changes; Carnival, Revolution, Fusion, Das Capital, Promise and this year, Life on Mars.



There are so many things to see and do at Ironfest, that you will find yourself constantly saying "look over there!", "did you see that?" and occasionally "what's that?". Some of the highlights of the festival are the annual jousting competition, yes real jousting on horseback its a fantastic sight to see, The Battle of Lithgow; a Napoleonic Reenactment, a Medieval Village, a myriad of costumed performers and artists dressed in steam punk, Gypsy Caravan World Dance, blacksmith artisans plying their trade and much, much more. To see a full events program go to www.ironfest.net



If you are looking for a unique experience for the whole family to see and do these school holidays, then Ironfest is a great long weekend or day trip from Sydney.

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!date 25/04/2014 -- 27/04/2014
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