MUSIC and race lovers will unite on October 26 for a great weekend in the country during the Richmond October Moon Festival.
The festival has been growing in stature since its inception and Festival organiser Kacie Lord said she’d be delighted if they managed to get around 500 or so people to attend what will undoubtedly be a great day and night of music and racing.
“We are trying to make the Festival a showcase of all the great things the Richmond community has to offer,” she said.
Ms Lord suggested that festivalgoers arrive on the Friday so they can indulge in a sumptuous dinner while looking out across the majestic sight of Lake Fred Tritton.
On Saturday after breakfast a hot tip is to investigate the world famous Kronosaurus Korner and have one of their almost as famous coffees.
Kronosaurus Korner was designed to display local fossils from the Cretaceous Inland Sea that covered a large section of Queensland 120 million years ago.
The catalyst for the building of Kronosaurus Korner was the discovery of the Richmond pliosaur on a property, Marathon Station, near Richmond in 1989. The 100 million-year old pliosaur was recognised by palaeontologists as the prime example of its type of vertebrae fossil in the world.
After looking around the local sites it will be time to spruce-up in your finest suits and dresses and hop on the free courtesy bus to head out for the 2013 Richmond Race Day featuring a five race program which will begin at 12pm.
The race day incorporates a packed schedule of racing action, live music, great food and the Red Carpet Fashion Awards.
“The Fashion Awards show will showcase the latest designs from many of our excellent local designers with a special exhibit being put on by well-known designer Natalie Maxwell after the Awards show concludes.”
After a great day at the races which will finish up at 5pm hop back on the bus which will take you to Lake Fred Tritton where the jazz festival will commence at 5.30pm all the way through until midnight.
“We’ll have Off the Cuff a jazz band from Mt Isa kicking off the night’s music, who’ll be followed by our headline act Wizard and Oz playing all the way through until 10pm,” Ms Lord said.
“Direct from Melbourne; Wizard and Oz have been delighting music lovers along the east coast of Australia and New Zealand with their rock and jazz fused stylings, they should be a lot of fun,” she said.
“And from 10pm prodigious local singer and guitarist Justin Borg will keep the crowd on the dance floor all the way through until midnight.
“The festival raises money for music education in community, and I’m proud to say that in the six years since the event commenced we’ve gone from nothing to having 12 piano students, two learning guitar, a children’s choir, three violinists and a music group,” Ms Lord said.
The festival provides a great chance for these students who are as young as six to take what they have learned and play their hearts out in front of a live audience.
Food and drinks will be available on-site and for those attending with children a fully supervised ‘Kid’s World’ area will be setup which will only require a gold coin donation.
Tickets to the Festival are $30 for adults with children under-15 free, and a special prize package is up for grabs as well.
“In conjunction with the Richmond Uncovered community website we’ll be giving away a prize to two lucky people which includes return flights to Richmond from either Townsville or Mt Isa incorporating free tickets to the festival and accommodation.”
For more information on purchasing tickets and entering the prize draw follow the links on the website at http://www.octobermoonfestival.com.au/index.html