Festival fever hits town

It’s that time of the year again where locals,  businesses, clubs and organisations are busy preparing for the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts that is scheduled to take place from June 8 –12.

On Thursday, June 8, the Art Exhibition official opening at the Community Hub will be held to kick start the festivities then on Friday night the festival concert at the Henry Lawson High School will showcase the local talent within our shire.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale from Thursday May 18 at Louise’s Locker. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for a student or younger, this includes a delicious supper at interval. The concert will start at 7.30pm sharp in The Henry Lawson High School Hall, doors open at 7.00pm. The festival concert is always a much anticipated event with a large array of local performances.

Saturday sees the streets of Grenfell come alive with the street parade, fun run and a whole swag of entertainment. A reinvigorated busking competition will be held with excellent prize money. ‘Poetry on the Boards’ recitations and market stalls are only a few of the things to feature on Saturday. This year’s official guest is Tara Moss. Tara is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, speaker, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. Make sure you catch up with Tara and say hello. 

The festival theme for this year is ‘Happy Birthday’ in acknowledgment of the 60th consecutive festival and this year marking 150 years since Henry Lawson was born on the Grenfell gold fields. We look forward to many interesting procession floats referencing the theme.  

The photography exhibition is still taking entries, you have until May 26, so it’s not too late to enter. 

On Sunday the festival will host ‘While the Billy Boils’ poetry at the Obelisk, the site marking Lawson’s birthplace, there will also be a camp fire with damper and billy tea.

The festival also features a Vintage Car Show in the Main Street and a hotly contested wood chop. A guided heritage bus tour along with patchwork and quilting exhibitions are all on offer.

On Monday, June 12 you can browse through the Chrysler Car Museum, or the Historical Society Museum. 

Contact Auburn Carr, Tourist Officer on 6343 2855 for further information or visit www. henrylawsonfestival.com.au for the full program.