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Join in on the fun at Lightning Ridge this Easter

Last year’s Lightning Ridge Easter Festival drew an appreciative crowd, swelling local numbers quiet considerably. Photo contributed

From a goat race in the 1970’s to the current program featuring the chance to dig for opals in the main street, the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival is shaping up to be one of the busiest yet.

Andrew Kemeny, President of the Lightning Ridge Tourism Association Andrew Kemeny said the event has become a micro festival of Lightning Ridge history, with a particular focus on mining.

First up, there’s plenty of action on Good Friday with the Bull and Bronc ride, where keen contestants can vie for cash prizes and trophies.

Saturday is also jam packed.

“We officially open the weekend with a beautiful Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony on Saturday,” Mr Kemeny said.

“Last year it brought people to tears, it was stunning. It’s a terrific way to kick off the festival and to celebrate our heritage,” he said.

“The Milan Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Dancers will perform and while they are here, they also spend time with local school kids, teaching them dance.” […]

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