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Festival Fever at Bourke

Photos TWH

The Back O’Bourke Easter Festival had something for everyone with Bourke Shire Council General Manager, Leonie Brown, proclaiming it to be a fabulous weekend for the region.

Mrs Brown, who was among those celebrating all things Bourke, said the vast range of events were very well attended.

“Everything went really well,” she said. “Events were well patronised. We were a bit worried that numbers may have been slightly down due to Easter not being in the school holidays but there were plenty of people around.

“There would have been up to a few thousand people enjoying the weekend. The Picnic Races had a good turnout, and it was really well organised by the race committee.”

“The Colour Run on Friday really kicked off the festivities and the atmosphere there was great. I think there would have been around 300 people running, walking, or carrying a child. A great effort on a pretty rough track!”

About 300 people turned up tom the Official Opening of the Percy Hobson Mural in Percy Hobson Park – including many of Percy’s family, the artists John Murray and Bob Barrett from Lightning Ridge, the landscape architect Richard Stutchbury and author Helen Coolican who has almost completed a book about Percy’s achievements.

The Long Table Dinner on the levee bank near the Back O’Bourke Centre was a complete sellout as 150 plus diners enjoyed tapas and refreshments under the setting outback sun.

The Rotary Club’s wool bale rolling was highly contested down at the wharf precinct with local police officer, Scott Brown, winning the event and $1,000 in prize money for the second year in a row.

“We had six teams in the ladies and six teams in the men’s competition with Brownies team winning the men’s event and Tracy Pocock’s team winning the ladies.” […]

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Lynn’s family at the races – Chelsea Simmonds, Jada Hartwig, Marli Wright, Bailey Hartwig, Lynn Orcher, Tye Simmonds, Zeke Hartwig and Courtney Hodges. Photo Twh

Neil Driscoll won the People’s Choice award for the Bourke Easter Festival Historic Vehicle Display at the Easter Markets on Saturday. There were 12 historical vehicles on display. 90 votes were cast by the crowd for their favourite vehicle on the day with Neil being the overall winner – for his beautifully-restored 1969 HT Belmont Ute. Neil was presented with a $100 fuel voucher by our sponsor Frank Kerr from Frank’s Outback Security. Photo TWH


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