The Walcha Mountain Festival

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An exciting annual event promising fun for the whole family, this year’s Walcha Mountain Festival will take place on October 20 and 21. 

What is happening at the 2018 Walcha Mountain Festival?

The programme has similar entertainment and activities that have been popular with festival goers in the past, as well as a few new additions for patrons to enjoy.

FRIDAY NIGHT: The wonderful quilt exhibition, at the Langford Woolshed, will have an opening night on Friday, with nibbles and refreshments or $5 from 6 – 9pm and then will be open all weekend from 9am – 4pm, with a $2 entry fee. All monies raised will go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. 

SATURDAY showcases the brave speedway bandits in the billycart derby; people can bring their own billycart or borrow one on hand for a ride down the slopes of South Street, near McHattan Park, where the Walcha Farmers’ Market will be held on the same day.

SUNDAY, as always, is the main festival day out at Historic Langford House.

So what is there to see on Sunday out at Langford House?

The quilt exhibitions as mentioned above are always very popular, as are the guided tours of Langford House. The tours run hourly and can just be booked on the day, or if you have a group you’d like to book in at a certain time, we are happy to take bookings at the Visitor Information Centre (details below). 

Langford is an Edwardian two-storey mansion built in 1903. The owners very kindly open up their grounds for us to use for the festival. Langford is an iconic landmark in Walcha and will be familiar to anyone who has driven the Thunderbolts Way before – it certainly turns the eye of those driving by.

Last year we hosted a vintage car club Hub-Rally. We have been contacted by many of those in attendance last year, and they are keen to come back, so we look forward to a good turnout of beautiful vintage cars and motorcycles.

Russ French’s working motorised model ships on the Langford Lake are also a crowd favourite (fingers crossed for some rain!) There is so much appreciation of the time, effort, accuracy and detail that goes into building these ships. It is well worth taking the time to chat to Russ – it is fascinating to hear who some of the owners are of his model ships.

A new addition this year of vintage engines and a vintage chainsaw exhibition will also be there to look around. Small antique engines have a bit of a cult following – it’s intriguing to see how engines used to work.

Great market and food stalls are also key to the success of the festival; we have an espresso van, a bar with New England craft beers and boutique wine, a variety of food stalls – Mak’s Turkish Gozleme, Thai food, Dippin’ Dots Icecream, The Humble Cook, a BBQ, Buddha Belly Kitchen, a Devonshire Tea in Langford Conservatorium, Welders Dog Brewery – plant stalls, homemade jam and pickle stalls, craft and jewellery, screen-printed T-shirts, handmade wooden items, and more.

Do you have any entertainment organised for the day?

Yes, we have plenty of musical entertainment. Local band The Grimlings will be teeing off the music set, followed by Hester Fraser’s Goldhiest. Goldheist has a new spin on her performance tour this year; she is travelling with artist/painter James Needham. James paints while Hester is performing, so this will definitely add another element and be in tune with Walcha’s artistic reputation. James will have more of his art for sale on the day too.

The Fleece to Fashion Awards parade is coming back, so we look forward to seeing what they have created this season; it is incredible to see what can be done with wool.

And is there anything to keep the kids occupied?

Yes, kids of all ages are catered for with great activities, including free face painting, a jumping castle and BMX loop track (BYO bike).  For the bigger kids, we have a rock-climbing-wall, which is so much fun.

The Walcha Mountain Festival normally involves a bit of bike riding, doesn’t it?

Indeed it does. There are a few bike rides available, and anyone is welcome to participate – Skinny-Wheels on Saturday and Fat-Wheels on Sunday!

Saturday sees some good cycling opportunities, with the PKF Walcha Road Ride Challenges occurring (all on sealed roads). People are welcome to enter with a mountain bike also. There are two distances available, 75 km and 56 km, with both loops leaving the Walcha Showground and returning to McHattan Park, where the Walcha Farmers’ Market and sausage sizzle await your return or entertain your non-cycling friends from 8:30am – 12:30pm.

Sunday sees a social Back-Road-Bike-Ride, 42 km; enjoy a tour on the back roads of Walcha. A mountain bike would be necessary for this ride. This will start and finish at Langford House, where the festival will be held. Have lunch and a well-deserved refreshment from the bar on your return.

What’s the best way for the public to come and enjoy the Walcha Mountain Festival?

Come for the entire day and peruse the great market stalls, come and have a few beers and listen to the fabulous live music on offer, or simply come and enjoy a day out with the family in the lovely Langford grounds, where food and entertainment is provided for you.

For more information: www.walchamountainfestival.org or phone (02) 6774 2460.

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