Joanne McMurtry will lead the Old and Gold team this year to stage the festival which ‘celebrates all things old, second-hand and recycled’ in the heart of the township.
Last year’s Old and Gold Festival was runner-up to the major Elvis Revival Festival in Parkes in the Events and Tourism Awards as part of the Regional Achievements and Community Awards.
Todd Buckland and Kim Rosen are organising the All Town Garage Sale component, and registrations of household garage sales will be open from next week at the Byron Shire Real Estate office.
"The All Town Garage Sale gets more popular each year, so this year we expect at least 60 household garage sales, with several community group fundraisers scattered amongst them,” said Joanne.
“Mary Ashton has already started organising the Australian Marbles Championships and will soon start preparing the marbles ring at the Catholic Church, where Ye Olde Church Fair will take place as well.
"The Secondhand Fair will run as usual in the Memorial Hall, but there are only about five or six stalls remaining for collectables and furniture."
Historical displays, photos, walk and various recycling activities are planned as usual, with some new additions to the festival being considered by the committee, including an under-18 busking competition in the supermarket forecourt.
A couple of committee stalwarts have retired, so Joanne welcomes some new enthusiastic volunteers on the team to assist with the co-ordination of a few of the activities.
Contact her on 66851003 on Mondays and Fridays, and Sandy on 66801695 to book a stall at the Secondhand Fair.
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