Celebrate 150 years with Alstonville street parade
TWO major historical milestones will be marked with a street parade in Alstonville this Saturday.
The Alstonville community is celebrating the 150th anniversary of European settlement at what was originally Duck Creek Mountain with the arrival of Freeborn brothers, Andrew and Thomas.
Leading the procession will be members of the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch.
Les Wiles, from the Alstonville Lions Club and an organiser of the celebrations, said the community had got right behind the parade.
"Apart from Anzac Day, the last street parade in Alstonville was back in the Tibouchina Festival days," he said.
The parade will head along Main St from the Alstonville Uniting Church from noon.
There are about 30 floats involved, with schools, sports clubs, community groups and the combined Ballina and Lismore pipe band taking part.
And there will be flashbacks to times gone by, with 30 vintage cars rolling along the street, and a bullock team hauling a large cedar-like log in the finale of the parade.
After travelling along Main St, the parade will turn into Alstonville Plaza. The Big Birthday Bash will be held at the showgrounds from 2pm.
Events for seniors will be held at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre until 5pm.
The bullock team will be demonstrating how logs were loaded and unloaded back in the days of the cedar-getters.
There will be children's rides, pantomimes in the Apex Pavilion and a band that will play in the main arena from 5pm. The fireworks finale will be held at 8pm.
On Sunday, a combined non-denominational church service will be held at the Alstonville Baptist Church, Wardell Rd, from 9.30am.
Saturday's celebrations have been organised by the Alstonville Lions Club, Apex, Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce and the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, supported by Ballina Shire Council.
- Noon: Street parade, Main St, Alstonville
- 2pm: Big Birthday Bash, Alstonville Showgrounds
- 5pm: Children's activities in the Apex Pavilion
- 8pm: Fireworks