Volunteers hard at work installing a branding post at the Freestone Hall ahead of the anniversary of settlement coming up on Saturday, May 5.
Volunteers hard at work installing a branding post at the Freestone Hall ahead of the anniversary of settlement coming up on Saturday, May 5.

Freestone's celebrate anniversary

THE countdown is on to the biggest event in Freestone's living memory - the celebration of 150 years of settlement of the district.

A dedicated band of volunteers has been hard at work organising a program of activities to be held on Saturday, May 5.

Based around the historic Freestone Memorial Hall, the day will include the unveiling of a branding post, with the idea being that local farming families bring along their current or former livestock brands and burn them into the post as a permanent piece of artwork to remain at the hall to mark the anniversary.

Other activities planned for May 5 include:

  •  Old-style children's picnic with sack races
  •  Morning tea
  •  Barbecue lunch by Freestone State School P&C
  •  Bus tour of Freestone area with guide
  •  Official opening and cake cutting by oldest and youngest on the day
  •  Model train display of Freestone in early 1900s
  •  Licensed bar all day
  •  Old-style dinner dance - $20 per adult, 10% discount if pre-paid
  •  Mick Bradford heavy horse display

Souvenirs available for sale on the day will include stoneware cups at $15 each with a Freestone 1862 logo, hand-thrown with a tan glaze by local potter Ray Tainton, and wood-turned pens, also $15, with the 1862 logo on the clip, expertly made by local woodcrafter and artisan Nev Yarrow.

The dinner dance on the Saturday evening will feature old-style dance music by Jenelle and Perry Lewis, with a sit-down supper.

Entry, including dinner, is $20 for adults, with children under 12 half price and under fives free.

Tickets can be pre-booked at a 10% discount. To pre-pay for dinner and find out more information call Steve on 4666 1600.


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