When old is gold at annual Brunswick festival

A record number of garage stalls are signed up to celebrate this Saturday’s 10th anniversary of Brunswick Heads’ Old & Gold Festival.

Visitors are guaranteed to find a bargain, with 68 houses celebrating all things old, second-hand and recycled dotted throughout town.

"The second-hand trail also includes 10 vintage shops and a record number of stallholders in four separate fairs, which are all within walking distance of each other," festival co-ordinator Kim Rosen said.

Kicking off at 8.30am with the all-town garage sale and finishing with the old-time and rock ’n’ roll dance at 7.30pm, Old & Gold’s program is jam-packed with family-friendly events and activities

An indoor collectibles fair, free seniors morning tea, self-guided historical walking tours, community barbecues, and a children’s treasure hunt ensures there’s something for everyone.

"Local historian Frank Mills is presenting a talk on the changing culture of Brunswick Valley, while the Brunswick Valley Historical Society will displaying their collection of rare photos at the memorial hall," Kim said.

Over at the iconic Hotel Brunswick, the Rock Hounds will provide free dance lessons and demonstrations, which will culminate in a performance later in the evening.

"This is the chance for some of our golden oldies to dust off their dancing shoes and have some fun like they used to do in the old days," Kim said.

"It would be great to see kids actually run or help run the toy stalls with their families," local teacher Robyn Venn said.

"They’ll be able to make a bit of pocket money from their own pre-loved stuff, which can then be spent at one of the other stalls.

"It’s such a practical way to learn about the benefits of recycling and reduced landfill," Robyn said, adding that leftover toys will be donated to a local charity.

Contacts and further information about the day’s activities can be found at www.oldngold.com.au.



For a program and garage sale map, go to Pages 14 and 35.

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