YOUR GUIDE: What's on this weekend in the New England/North West

TAMWORTH: 

Saturday: Celebrity Chef Hayden Quinn will be speaking at the Tamworth Library from 2pm-3pm.

Saturday and Sunday: The Under the Tree quilt show will be held at The Craft Shed in Tamworth's Peel St.

Entry is a gold coin donation - further information can be found here.

Sunday: Tamworth's Taste in the Park event will be held at Bicentennial Park.

The event starts from 10am and entry is $1. Check out more information here.

GUNNEDAH:

ANNUAL BIRD SALE AND EXPO

GUNNEDAH is set to be a flutter of activity this weekend as a flock of colourful birds and their enthusiastic owners will fly into town for the 19th annual Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo.

The Gunnedah Basketball Stadium will be bustling on Saturday from 10am with exhibitors, bird lovers, buyers and noise from the variety of breeds on show.

The event is one of the biggest gatherings of bird enthusiasts in Australia and Saturday’s turnout will attract sellers from all over the country.

It also attracts rare and exotic breeds of birds, including 

quakers and blue and gold macaws.

Bird entries are to be at the stadium by Friday from 5pm-8.30pm or Saturday from 7am-9am, with doors open to the public at 10am.

Bird entry fees are $1 per bird, with a four bird per box rule. 

Admission for the general public is $2.

Trade stands will be set up in the Griffiths Pavillion from 8am and a barbecue will be held on the night at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club, at a cost of $20 per person.

Last year’s sale attracted close to 4400 exhibits, with one of the most expensive birds, a blue black-headed caique’s price tag reading $35,000,while the asking price for a scarlet macaw was $12,000.

The sale has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1997, when the Namoi Valley Aviculture Club (NVAC) hosted its first bird sale in the Griffith Pavillion at the Gunnedah Showground.

The following year it was moved to the PCYC to accommodate both trade stands and  birds.

The sale quickly outgrew the PCYC and was relocated to the Judi Guest Basketball Stadium.

In 2005, the sale was split with the club utilising the nearby Griffith Pavillion to house the trade stands. All inquiries and bookings to 0447 749 971.

PCYC MONSTER GARAGE SALE

Your trash could be someone else's treasure. 

Held this Saturday at the PCYC, View Street, Gunnedah. 

Items sold from the car boot, back of truck or off the floor. 

9am-12noon.

ARMIDALE:

Indie folk duo The Firetree are playing at The Armidale Club this Saturday.

Dale Buchan and Josephine Cubis have two number one Amrap Airit singles, three EPs and one live album.

The pair has embraced multi-instrumental music playing a modified drum-kit, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, harmonica and mandolin.

Buchan and Cubis have spent the better part of three years on the road touring through Canada, The UK, Europe and around Australia.

The musicians are known for improvising and doing it themselves which shows with in the music video for the first single of their forthcoming EP Star Dreamer.

Buchan and Cubis filmed directed the video themselves using only a projector, a milk bath and space footage from the 1960s.

The performance will start at 9pm.

MOREE:

*Friday and Saturday - The Moree Show.

* A home game of union on Saturday - Moree Bulls v Tamworth Magpies at Weebolla Oval: under 18s 12, second grade 1.30 and a grade at 3.15pm

*There will be a freestyle activity night at the Moree PCYC today which includes laser tag, karaoke and basketball. Entry is $2 from 6pm

*'The Amazing Race' comes to Moree on Saturday. Teams to gather at the rocket park (Kirkby Park). The race will be around the CBD at 11am.

*The Moree monthly markets will be at Jellicoe Park on Sunday. The Lions will also host the 'biggest barbecue' to raise funds for cancer research.

*Moree Legacy golf day on Sunday. Two ball, best ball $20 to play, plus barbecue. Also a monster raffle with winners announced after presentation at 5.45pm. More details ring the golf club on (02) 6752 1480.

GLEN INNES:

There’s an overlap of summer and winter sports this weekend in Glen Innes as the finals of the local cricket competition coincide with the first game of the season for the Glen Innes Magpies. Some players may be seen shuffling from one oval to the other on Saturday, but great spectator viewing is promised at both King George Oval (cricket) and Mead Park (rugby league, all grades).

The junior soccer season also kicks off at Wilson Park on Saturday morning, as does netball on the courts at the same location.

The Glen Innes Clay Target Club’s monthly shoot is on at the range at the Stonehenge Recreation Ground from 1pm on Saturday, while the Highland Hunting and Target Club members also contest their first April shoot from 10 am at the Pistol Club range off Bradley’s Lane. Spectators are welcome at both ranges.

On Sunday the Glen Innes Bowls Club is hosting a fundraiser day for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter services, with a lack of bowling skills no deterrent to a fun day. Sign up by 9.30am to be in on the action.

Those preferring to exercise brain rather than brawn will find their niche at the Glen Innes RSPCA trivia night from 6.30pm on Saturday at the Glen Innes and District Services Club.

It’s a beautiful drive out east to Wytaliba on Saturday where the local school is holding a fete from 10am to 2pm. Alternatively head the other direction from Glen Innes to be at the Emmaville Mining Museum from noon on Saturday when the town expects to be inundated by hundreds of bikers on their vintage machines.

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