Locals celebrate 150 years of Henry Lawson

Excitement is beginning to build around town in anticipation for the special diamond anniversary of the annual Henry Lawson Festival of Arts.

The 2017 festival not only represents 60 consecutive years of celebrating Grenfell’s favourite son, Henry Lawson, but it also celebrates Henry’s 150th birthday.

The festival will officially kick off on Thursday June 8 with the Dramatic Society’s School Play Day to be held at The Henry Lawson High School Hall from 9.30am, members of the public are invited to attend, and later in the evening the official opening of the Art and Porcelain exhibitions will be held at the Community Hub in Main Street from 7pm.

Events and attractions will continue over the weekend culminating on Saturday with the ever popular street procession commencing at 1.30pm. There is a jam packed program full of fun, family friendly attractions that are on offer at this years festival including the Woodchop beginning at 2.30pm at the bottom of Main Street, the official photography exhibition from 9am-4pm at the Grenfell Court House, Cobb & Co coach rides, Milo the Clown, Gumboot Toss commencing at 12pm at Lachlan Fertilizers, Torsion Dancers, Historical Society Museum open, Chrysler Car Museum open, Blade Shearing and much, much more, please check the website at www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au for the full program as you will be excited to see the enormous line up of attractions for this years festival.

On Saturday evening the Festival Awards Presentation reception will take place at the Grenfell Bowling Club where the presentation of the winning awards including the Festival statuettes and the crowning of the Festival and Charity Queen/ King will take place. This event will commence at 7pm with tickets on sale at Grenfell Shoes.

The theme for this years festival is ‘Happy Birthday’ with many businesses, club’s and organisations preparing and building procession floats for this year’s special occasion.

This year’s special guest is celebrity Tara Moss. Tara is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is currently executive producer, co-writer and host of Cyberhate, coming to ABC TV in 2017, examining the phenomenon of online abuse. Since 1999 she has written 11 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English paranormal series.

No doubt members of the community are looking forward to welcoming Tara to Grenfell.

For more information visit the website or check out the Facebook page ‘The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts.’

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Henry proudly holds his 2017 Henry Lawson Festival program. Photo (Facebook)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Henry proudly holds his 2017 Henry Lawson Festival program. Photo (Facebook)