SO ARMIDALE Armidale thought last weekend’s Day On The Green was a big weekend?
Some 7000 crammed into Peterson’s Vineyard for the rock ‘n’ roll concert but the university city will rock to a wider range of activities when its Autumn Festival begins today.
The four-day Autumn Festival has events in the CBD and Civic and Curtis parks, with a parade as well, and will celebrate the theme of Armidale through the Ages, as part of the city’s sesquicentenary.
A twilight festival will launch the celebrations and tomorrow night kicks off with a Legends of League dinner at the Armidale Ex-Services Club as a forerunner to tomorrow’s big day of rugby league at Armidale Sportsground culminating in the 7.30pm game between NSW and Queensland Legends.
Tomorrow there is the Campus to City Canter followed by a pancake breakfast at Civic Park.
The Australian Wool Fashion Awards are also tomorrow at Saumarez Homestead and the New England Car Club has a sprint rally tomorrow at Ebor State Forest.
The UNE is hosting the Armidale Roller Derby Competition and Armidale Rugby Union’s annual knockout finishes Sunday after Saturday’s start.
New England Girls School also runs a one-day event over the weekend, while Armidale Jockey Club’s Armidale Cup Calcutta finishes off Sunday and leads into the club’s huge Armidale Cup meeting on Monday.
Organisers said the Autumn Festival was a celebration of the city’s vibrant autumn colours, excellence in education, music, sport, retails and richness in cultures.
It also boasts a laser light show.
Co-ordinator Stephanie Kentish said the light show is something different and “a bit greener” than the traditional fireworks.
“We thought it would be fun to have something really different,” she said.
Ms Kentish said more than 60 floats had already signed up for the parade and she is looking forward to seeing how local groups embrace the 150 years of Armidale theme.