Brunswick Heads’ rather quirky and laid-back seaside holiday village atmosphere is reflected in the format and style of this rather different event, where the whole town becomes the festival stage for more than 20 different activities in the theme, held in halls, church grounds, school grounds, shopping courtyards and front yards throughout the town.
On this day, winter woes are forgotten and the streets come alive with colour, music and friendly interaction as people traipse on foot from venue to venue in search of bargains, information and good old-fashioned affordable fun for their families.
The Old and Gold event provides one of the many "simple pleasures" that Brunswick Heads has to offer.
With 50- 60 household and community garage sales, the town’s residents are actively involved.
Many of the activities in the theme are organised by the local community groups for fun or as fundraisers, and the local business community provides its support with cash and in-kind sponsorship to cover the costs involved in staging the event.
The Byron Shire News and The Northern Star are again on board to support the event as the major media sponsors.
The organisers are also pleased to announce the significant support of TURSA Employment and Training, a local non-government not-for profit association which has come on board as the Principal Event Sponsor for 2009.
TURSA works very closely and co-operatively with employer organisations and community groups to create employment and economic opportunities for the people of the region.
Bashforth’s Used Cars, Brunswick Health Foods, Print Rescue, Brunswick Holiday Parks, Clem’s Cargo and Brunswick Supermarket have also contributed as Activity Sponsors.
The very popular All Town Garage Sale will commence at 8am as usual, and households will be identified by brightly coloured bunting, and registrations are essential with Todd at Byron Shire Real Estate (ph 6685 1754).
If you can’t have a garage sale or are out of town, there are a number of stall booking options.
Bookings for the indoor small furniture and collectables stalls can be made with Sandy on 6680 1695 (closing soon), Mary is taking bookings for the stalls at Ye Olde Church Fair on 6685 1676 and for the first time Brunswick Heads Primary School will also offer stall space for bric-a-brac items.
Also at the primary school, Moo Moo Stitches will provide inspiration with displays and demonstrations of quilt making.
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