IT’S going to be a massive Easter weekend in Rushworth.
The town will be abuzz from March 30 to April 1 as the annual Good Friday Appeal, Easter Heritage Festival and Moora Draught Horse Muster are on again.
While the Easter festival has changed over the years, it’s been running in its current form for 15 years. And the current committee has been busy organising the event — with only four months’ notice.
“We only took over in December so it’s been a very steep learning curve with some sleepless nights but it’s all coming together,” committee president Paul Diegan said.
“It’s going to be a busy weekend for the town — on Saturday we have the parade, market stalls, petting zoo, Lions Club firewood auction and live music.”
The day will include everything vintage — steam engines, machinery, cars and the Clydesdales will be part of the Saturday parade before heading back to Moora for Sunday.
“Some of the historic buildings like the courthouse will be open so people can head through and have a look at them,” committee vice president Kellie Spence said.
“It’s a good family day to celebrate the town’s heritage.”
The highlight of this year’s Moora Muster draught horse event is sure to be the re-enactment of the channel construction.
“We’re using two teams of horses and machinery to show what it was like — at this point there’ll be four to six horses on each team,” Moora Muster committee member Maz Thomas said.
“We’re expecting about 90 horses so it’ll be a full-on day.”
Maz said it’s probably going to be busy, with the committee expecting a big turnout. “We’re lucky we can make this happen thanks to the Rushworth and District Community Bank, Campaspe Shire and IGA,” she said.
The groups are also putting the call out to any buskers who are able to head along and entertain the crowds — all you need is an instrument.
The Saturday festival will begin at 8am on High St. Gates open for the Moora Muster at 9am on Sunday at the Moora Racecourse and Recreation Reserve. For more details visit rushworthfestival.org or call Kellie on 0488175473.