Planning is well under way for the 2018 Corowa Rotary Club’s Federation Festival, which will run from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28.
This year’s theme is multiculturalism and organisers are looking for groups to get involved and are especially looking for community groups from indigenous and migrant backgrounds to enter floats and setup food and cultural stalls at the Federation Market.
Friday night will see the start of the Federation Festival with the Federation Dinner and Tim Fischer Oration, in the Oddfellows Hall from 6.30pm.
This year’s oration will be presented by Major General Shane Caughey AM DSC.
Major General Caughey is a Corowa local and returns home regularly to see family.
The cost of the dinner is yet to be finalised, but is expected to be between $40 and $45 for a three-course meal with drinks to be purchased at the bar.
Saturday sees the start of the Federation Market at Bangerang Park from 4pm until 9.30pm, when there will again be a fireworks display.
The market will start again at 8.30am on Sunday, with an ecumenical service at 9.30am, running through to around 2pm.
Saturday night will also see the B&S Ball at the Corowa rugby ground.
Prices are $120 if booked before 5pm on Thursday, January 25, or $130 at the gate.
The bands performing are Keg on the day stage and the Ian Archibald Band, Gary Eastwood and the Silver String Outlaws on the night stage.
Sunday sees the Federation Parade down Sanger Street from 11am.
There will again be a number of bands performing and negotiations are ongoing for a couple of special appearances.
If anyone is interested in entering a float in the parade, or having a stall at the market, they can download an entry form from the Federation Festival website www.federationfestival.com.au/forms