Well, this is the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of an extra day off (and perhaps take a few more days off while you're at it) and spend a couple of days at the 54th Myrtleford Festival from Thursday 6 to Monday 10 March 2014.
This is the festival for absolutely everyone. Celebrating everything that's great about Myrtleford, the Festival features a jam-packed program filled with a huge range of fantastic activities for everyone, from families to urbanites and everyone in-between. Expect markets, tours, exhibitions, parties, music and competitions. The best thing about this Festival is that most events are free. So you get to enjoy a whole lot of fun without breaking the bank.
The following pages highlight some of the events of this year's Myrtleford Festival so check it out. For a full list of events, however, click here, and like their Facebook page for their latest updates and news.
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It will all be happening at the Myrtleford Piazza on Friday at 6pm with the official launch of the 2014 Festival. Get excited for the performance by Australian singer/songwriter Richard Perso, and see the Princesses' final rehearsal dance before they appear at the Lions Club Festival Ball. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
Whatever you do, don't miss out on the free Festival Street Party on Saturday. The massive Queen Street stage will feature the amazing The Hounds Homebound Homebounds, John-Luke Shelley and High Speed Steel in addition to heaps of other talented entertainers from 5pm. You can also browse the Festival Market for some interesting finds, ignite your appetite with mouth-watering eats from the Food Court, and be on the lookout for various buskers and street entertainers. Make sure you invite your family and friends to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Meander amongst the Festival's Markets on Saturday and Sunday. The enormous open-air street market on Saturday will definitely be a crowd pleaser, trust me. There will be many new stalls this year so keep an eye out for them because you may see something you love. In addition, returning stallholders will be back so don't forget to visit your favourite stalls from the previous Festivals. Of course, there will be lots of food vendors dedicated to satisfy your palate so makes sure you come with an empty stomach.
Sunday's Cotters Market is an intimate one. It features vendors who produce or make their own goods such as art, crafts, food and wares from 9am. This is the place to find something unique for sure.
There are plenty of wonderful free events throughout the Festival for all to enjoy.
Friday offers a chance for you to come and experience a live cattle sale and see how it's done. And stick around after the sale for Alpine Angus Open Day and learn the secrets about what makes a great cattle stud.
There are various happenings on Saturday. See an old fashioned parade - Rotary Street Parade; browse cool markets - Old School Flea Market and Myrtleford Community Produce Market; and witness the awesome talent at Northeast Skate Series.
Sunday presents some great family events including Rostrevor Family Picnic in the Piazza and Music in the Vines. And if you own a dog, head to Ovens Valley Canine Club Training Ground for some training and dog sports inspiration for your furry friend.
The Festival provides plenty of exciting activities for the adventurous souls.
On Sunday, you can hop on your motorbike guys and gals and go for a ride through the beautiful hills and valleys; go for a bushwalk with the family and learn about the area's fauna, flora and history; get on the bus for a guided tour of Myrtleford to see the sights and explore the history and culture; or go for a stroll in the Myrtleford Pioneer Cemetery with an expert tour guide to find out about important families, incidents and events in Myrtleford's history.
And five minute joy flights on the helicopter are also available throughout the weekend.
There are several exhibitions throughout the festival that you can feast your eyes on.
The major exhibition of local and regional artists is the Myrtleford Art Prize at Anglican Church Hall. Make sure you spare some time to check out the breathtaking works during the Festival.
Other exhibitions to enjoy include the Reign of Pearls Photography Exhibition which showcases local and regional images, the Floral and Embroidery Exhibition featuring modern and traditional embroidery skills, and head to the Old School Museum to have a look at what life was like in Myrtleford back in the days.