Family fun at the Kurri Kurri Community Festival

CELEBRATION: The 2018 Kurri Kurri Community Festival is on again Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
CELEBRATION: The 2018 Kurri Kurri Community Festival is on again Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

One of the biggest events on the Kurri Kurri social calendar is back again for 2018.

The Kurri Kurri Community Festival, this year, promises three days of great fun for the whole family as well as an insight into the town;s past.

This year, the festival is run by Kurri Kurri Community Services after the Kurri Kurri Business Chamber passed the baton after last year’s successful festival.

Mike Coddington, CEO of Kurri Kurri Community Services said that celebrations would begin on Thursday 25 October with a range of events to celebrate Foundation Day while the town will come out in force to honour the Centenary of Armistice with an open day at Kurri Public School and a street parade among myriad events on Friday 26 October.

The fun will truly ramp up on Saturday 27 October when the festival proper kicks off at 10am.

The day will feature performances from schools, and various performing arts groups as well as such up-and coming musicians as Abbie Lee Robinson, Zoe Barber and Jasmine Earl as well as vintage car displays, and a historical display at the Community Centre.

One highlight is sure to be folk-country sensation and Kurri girl Melody Pool after a bravura performance at last year’s festival

“We’re so lucky to have Melody bringing her talent back to Kurri – we’ve got some performers, still in high school and then you’ve got Melody who is doing such great things nationally.”

The festival will also feature an array of market stalls from local businesses and craftspeople as well as a kids’ corner play area and carnival rides for the young and young at heart.

At sunset there will also be a free screening of the Hugh Jackman film The Greatest Showman.

“The purpose of the festival is to bring together the local community to celebrate its heritage, where it is today and its ambitions for the future,” Mr Coddington said.

“It’s a very grass-roots festival focussed on families, schools and the local businesses.”

The festival will culminate in a Great Gatsby-themed dinner dance at Kurri TAFE on Saturday 3 November. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased by phoning 4937 4555.

The Kurri Kurri Community Festival will run from Thursday 25 October to Saturday 27 October. All events will be held at Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri Public School and the Community Centre.

For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kurrikurricommunityfestival/

Check out all of the action from last year’s festival.