Village of 104 people ready for crowd of 5000 visitors

POETRY IN MOTION: A ride-on mower parade is just part of the fun planned for the Man from Ironbark Festival in Stuart Town on Easter Saturday. Photo: FILE.
POETRY IN MOTION: A ride-on mower parade is just part of the fun planned for the Man from Ironbark Festival in Stuart Town on Easter Saturday. Photo: FILE.

Organisers of the 2018 Man from Ironbark Festival in Stuart Town are hoping to attract over 5000 people to the event on Easter Saturday.

The historic village, near Wellington, has 104 residents and they are flat out preparing for the festival, according to president of the Stuart Town Advancement Association Inc Marcus Hanney.

Stuart Town, located on Burrendong Way between Orange and Wellington, was formerly known as ‘Ironbark’ and was mentioned in Banjo Paterson's poem ‘The Man from Ironbark’.

Organisers promise a big day of family fun including Chinese dragon dancing, a street parade, historical re-enactments and special performances by the Lachlan Living Heritage Group.

There will be about 150 market stalls, food stores, rides on a Cobb & Co stagecoach, a Man from Ironbark beard competition, an amateur poetry competition, scenic helicopter rides and an outdoor concert

Award-winning poets, Bob ‘PA’ Kettle and Carol Heuchan, will pay homage to Banjo Paterson and perform throughout the day.  

The festival, which attracted over 5000 people in 2017, starts at 9am.