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Planning Underway for 2017 Kite Fest

  in General News  by 

Ken McKay with grandaughters Talia and Amber and daughter in law Jennifer Mckay.

In planning for the 12th Harden Kite Festival organisiers are seeking community groups, organisations, clubs and volunteers to be part of the fun that will take place on Saturday 14th October 2017. Harden Kite Festival Committee are seeking as many local individuals, community groups and businesses as possible to nurture the community spirit and ensure the economic benefits of the festival day are channelled locally.

With over 2,500 attendees each year small businesses or group organisations are sure to benefit. Here’s how your group, organisation or club can be involved. – Food or market stall – Showcase Local Produce, art, craft or goods. – Activity Stall – Pass the footy, Beat the Goalie. Tailor to your group and not only promote, but profit. – Promote your group, organisation or club with a presence on the day – Nearly 70% of attendees were from the Hilltops region and the remainder travelled 1-2 hours.

The Committee is also seeking manpower to assist with collection of gold coin entry, assist with parking and assist with set up and or pack up from 4pm on event day. In planning for the 12th Harden Kite Festival organisiers are seeking community groups, organisations, clubs and volunteers to be part of the fun that will take place on Saturday 14th October 2017. Harden Kite Festival Committee are seeking as many local individuals, community groups and businesses as possible to nurture the community spirit and ensure the economic benefits of the festival day are channelled locally. With over 2,500 attendees each year small businesses or group organisations are sure to benefit. Here’s how your group, organisation or club can be involved. – Food or market stall – Showcase Local Produce, art, craft or goods. – Activity Stall – Pass the footy, Beat the Goalie. Tailor to your group and not only promote, but profit. – Promote your group, organisation or club with a presence on the day – Nearly 70% of attendees were from the Hilltops region and the remainder travelled 1-2 hours. The Committee is also seeking manpower to assist with collection of gold coin entry, assist with parking and assist with set up and or pack up from 4pm on event day.


Flying High in Harden

Not many event organisers hope for a windy day for their event but Julie Dunstan who is the Secretary of the Harden Kite Festival said a light breeze on Saturday October 14 would make for perfect kite flying conditions.

Planning for the 12th Harden Kite Festival is well under way and the volunteer organising committee is in full swing getting stallholders and street performers booked in to ensure another successful event.

This year will see the return of the stunt jump, big kite displays, face painting, competitions and more. There will also be a low-cost price of just $6 per child for unlimited rides on the big slide, jumping castle & more. Entry to the alcohol-free, family event is by gold coin donation.

The Festival, which has now become a highlight of the Hilltops events calendar was originally started by a group of local women who saw the need for community spirits to be lifted during a difficult period of drought.

“I believe the women were inspired by kite displays they saw in China and they brought the idea back here. It has just grown year
after year,” said Julie.

“Last year saw over 2,500 attendees, 59 market & food stalls, a live outdoor broadcast by Roccy FM and various free rides & activities.”

Julie said the organising committee are really keen to involve as many local individuals, community groups & businesses as possible, to nurture community spirit and to ensure the economic benefits of the festival day are channelled locally.

“We really want to promote the Festival this year – both in the lead up and on the day so we are planning to decorate our town with kites and offer cash prizes for the best decorated business, residence and school.”

The Harden Kite Festival is held at the Harden Racecourse from 9am to 4pm on Saturday
October 14. For more information email
hardenkite@gmail.com


Kite Festival Breaks World Record

IMAGE: Jasmine Scott (Best Homemade Kite winner) with dignitaries Katrina Hodgkinson, Michael McCormack and Wendy Tuckerman at the Harden Kite Festival last Saturday.

Jasmine Scott (Best Homemade Kite winner) with dignitaries Katrina Hodgkinson, Michael McCormack and Wendy Tuckerman at the Harden Kite Festival last Saturday.

Harden can lay claim to owning one of the newest world records, with the record for the highest number of ‘ducks’ flying on the tail of a kite being broken last Saturday.

The record was broken at the Harden Kite Festival, which was staged at the Harden Picnic Racecourse, and saw a world record 165 paper duck figurines get tied to the tail of a gigantic kite, which successfully became airborne.

“The highlight was the world record, and most of the ducks were made by local preschool students which was a great effort,” said event organiser Julie Dunstan.

The event turned out to be a big one, with over 3000 people making their way to the event.

Aside from the world record attempt, there were many other events at the festival, with $800 in prize money being offered across the ‘odds and ends’ challenge, best home made kites, family kite relay, kite in a barrel, and kite with the longest tail competitions.

There were also many market stalls, lucky draws, and a fundraiser for ‘Cure for Cancer’ by Young local Natasha Batinich in her husband Tim Batinich’s legacy.

Ms Dunstan said there were so many kites at the festival that they had to organise a second field to host the kites.

“It was absolutely packed. The weather was great, and there was only light winds, so it was perfect conditions for kite flying,” she said.

Government representatives Wendy Tuckerman, Katrina Hodgkinson and Michael McCormack made appearances at the event.


LOCAL NEWS FOR HARDEN-MURRUMBURRAH & SURROUNDING AREAS

Kite Festival Amazing

  in General News  by 

Kirsty, Paul, Grace and Harry Kemp.

Check Out The Twin Town Times Facebook page for a complete gallery.

The 11th annual Harden Kite Festival played host to a crowd of approximately 3000 people. Yes, that’s right nearly as many people who live in the former Harden Shire attended the event held last Saturday with brilliant sunshine and gusty winds the order of the day. The Kite Festival is well and truly on the map. Not only is it a great day out it is also a very cost effective way to entertain the family. With a gold coin donation participants and spectatotrs made their way through the front gate which was looked after by the Twin Town Rodeo committee. Over 55 stalls attended this years event with lines for all sorts of yummy food piling up quickly. The Rock Wall and Stunt Jump were very popular with Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson and Memeber for the Riverina Michael McCormack both taking the plunge off the ledge to the crowd’s cheers. Wendy Medway said “We have had the challenge going for many years now with the yellow painted ducks on the tail of the giant kite. The kids decorate the ducks. Last year we put 135 and this year we got 165 up there which smashed our record hopefully we can get 200 up next year.” Long term committee member Cathy Sanderson said “We started in 2006 during a drought and we though what could we do to lift everyone’s spirit. There were a group of us who had been to China and seen kite festivals, so we decided to do it here.” Cathy said “Our sponsors including Sibelco and the Shire since the amalgamation has made an enormous difference. A number of sponsors help out and all are essential. The Men’s shed do the parking it really is a whole community event.” Committee member Julie Dempster said “Its been a great day, terriffic conditions, with the wind, and the crowds are up. We sent our publicity far and wide to Canberra, Wagga and Young and Cootamundra.” Julie said crowd numbers were over 3000 people. Some families and kite flyers are even coming from as far as Sydney and Melbourne. It is hoped that with the announcement for the stronger regions funds coming out soon, the Harden Racecourse won’t be missed with plenty of money coming the way of the committees who utilise the facility. Congratulations to all involved another great job. Check Out The Twin Town Times Facebook page for a complete gallery.


Harden Kite Festival held on Saturday in perfect weather