150 Years Young

This weekend the Ravenswood 150 Year celebration Festival kicks off with two days activities planned that organisers say will set the town abuzz.

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The celebrations begin with a street parade Saturday morning followed by Live music in the park, town tours will be undertaken and there’s food & family activities planned across the weekend.

Other highlights include the Kennedy Regiment display, small engines display, historic photograph display, old fashioned games, blacksmith display.

As there’ll be the opportunity to see Ravenswood from the Air with short flights around Ravenswood town.

The weekend will also see the official unveiling of the public mosaic art project by local artist Shelley Burt.
The township has a fascinating history which began after the discovery of gold in 1868.

The township flourished on the back of the discovery, growing to nearly 5000 residents and boasting 48 hotels.

And to wet your appetite here’s just one fascinating fact-In August 2017, an early cemetery in Ravenswood was found by contractors using ground penetrating radar while working on Carpentaria Gold’s Ravenswood Expansion Project.

16 graves of 9 adults and 7 children were found behind the Ravenswood State School sports oval; the burials are thought to have occurred in the late 1860s and early 1870s.

PROGRAM

Saturday
10am – Parade from the ‘School of Arts’ Hall to the Mosaic Chair (Across from the Railway Hotel)

10.30am – Welcome & unveiling of the Mosaic Chair
11am & 2.30pm – Roving Theatre performance
– Children’s art workshops
12pm – Music in the park – continues till late
– Ravenswood Church open for viewing until 1pm
12.30pm & 2pm – Raven Tours – Tour of the town
12.30pm – Theatre performance – ‘School of Arts’ Hall
4.30pm – Whip cracking demonstration (Court House grounds)
8pm – Fireworks

Sunday
9am – Markets
10am – Ravenswood (mini) Rush
11am – 2pm – Jumping castle
11.30am – Church Service
12.30 – 4pm – Wattle and Gum – Bush Band