MEANWHILE, in Nundle on the eve of Chinese New Year, the Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival committee welcomes its 12 sponsors for the 2013 event.
The Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival will be held in seven weeks’ time – on Easter Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31 – with the help of gold sponsors Tamworth Regional Council and New England Country
Living Magazine, and silver sponsors New England Mutual, The Northern Daily Leader, Radio 2TM/92.9FM and Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Group. Bronze sponsors are Birches B&B, Hills of Gold Motel, Fossicker’s Tourist Park, The DAG Sheep Station, The Peel Inn and Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores.
In addition, a fundraising trivia night will be held for the 2013 festival at Nundle Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 23.
The first Nundle Go For Gold Festival was held in 1998 and has grown to celebrate the Chinese and European forebears, who rushed to the goldfields in the hope of striking it rich, creating a township in the process.
Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Festival chairman John Krsulja said the 2013 festival would build on past events with the committee striving to provide a quality experience for visitors who rush to the town from all over the state.
“This weekend the Australian Yau Kung Mu Association performs in Sydney Chinese New Year celebrations and at Easter will amaze Nundle crowds with the energy and skill of their dancing,” Mr Krsulja said.
“Over coming weeks the committee will finalise the festival program. History buffs will enjoy Geoff Cummins A Goldfields Chronicle, with extracts from The Sydney Morning Herald, The Maitland Mercury and Australian Town and Country Journal.
“Last year 443 panners were issued “miner’s licences” at gold-panning demonstrations daily and this year eager panners will hopefully share in 20 grams of gold valued at $955.”
A street theatre troupe brings the drama of the goldfields alive with a bush band, including puppets, and loads of children’s participation encouraged. Children also enjoy storytime daily presented by Central Northern Libraries and twice daily experience the magic of Lindsay Gardner.
Marketgoers will be able to browse more than 100 market stalls selling food, including the popular Mr Lees Buns and Noodles, produce, fashion, jewellery, toys, craft and bric-a-brac. Prospective stallholders should phone Colin Cummins on 0428 061 061, email@example.com or apply at www.nundle.com.au/events/nundle-go-for-gold-chinese-easter-festival.