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Peter Allen Festival

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by May (subscribe)
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Celebrate the life of Peter Allen Maracas optional
Last year I visited Tenterfield to attend the inaugural Peter Allen Festival, a colourful celebration of Allen's contribution to arts and culture, not only in Australia but internationally.

A singer-songwriter, musician and entertainer known for his flamboyant stage persona and lavish costumes, Peter Allen was born in Tenterfield in 1944. His most famous song,Tenterfield Saddler, honours the memory of his grandfather, George Woolnough, who had been a long time Tenterfield resident and owner of the Tenterfield Saddler on High Street for fifty-two years. Classified by the National Trust, the building remains mainly untouched to this day.

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Tenterfield Saddler

The 2019 Peter Allen Festival, held from Thursday, 5th September to Sunday, 8th September, will incorporate a range of activities including arts, culture, singing, songwriting, theatre, dance and entertainment and promises to highlight the rural lifestyle, heritage, history, food, local produce, and the indigenous history of the area.

Reservations for some of the big ticket events of the weekend are already available for purchase. These include Peter Allen On The Big Screen, The Jackaroos Breakfast, and Livy and Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.
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Only 4 hours drive from Brisbane, Tenterfield in northern New South Wales is located in a valley within the Great Dividing Range. Its largely preserved architecture, natural attractions and rich farmland make it a worthwhile destination when needing to relax and recharge.

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Tenterfield has a good range of accommodation options including hotels, motels, B&Bs, and caravan parks. Refer here.

What is my fondest memory from last year's festival?

People singing in the streets, an entertaining show at the School of Arts Building that had us all out of our seats, and the infectious community spirit at the street markets where I purchased enough fresh produce, jams, and chutneys to fill the pantry. And loud shirts.
Lots of loud shirts.

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Why? Good fun, good memories, and great community fun
When: Festival Events across the weekend
Where: Tenterfield, NSW
Cost: Depends on what events take your fancy.
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I enjoyed your article May. Tenterfield is a great little country town.
by May Cross (score: 3|8394) 1463 days ago
It looks like a wonderful festival. I look forward to attending one year.
by Amanda I (score: 2|821) 1453 days ago
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