What a wonderful weekend!

Local growers Katie and Hugh Finlay are pictured with some of their apple varieties.

Crowds flocked to events across the region over the Labour Day weekend. With the Harcourt Applefest on Saturday, the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival on Sunday, and Autopia running across both days, visitors were spoiled for choice when it came to family-friendly events.
At Harcourt hundreds of visitors roamed the markets stalls as children brandishing their toffee apples high as their faces became sticky and red, delighting in the roaming puppet dinosaurs, while others took refuge from the warm sun, savouring a cool apple cider or juice, enjoying performances from Eliza Hull and the Australian Women’s Choir, Thompson’s Foundry Band and Harcourt Valley Primary School Choir.

Applefest royalty Di Lederman and Phillip Musat enjoy an ice cream at the event.

On Sunday the weather remained warm as families relished the return of the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival, perusing the huge range of market stalls with local food, wine, gin, and handcrafted goods.
And across the weekend car enthusiasts gathered at the former Castlemaine Secondary College Senior Campus for Autopia to enjoy the huge range of hot rods, visiting car displays, mini trucks, a model show, and delicious food, and chat with like-minded lovers of all things cars.

Jade Jungwirth
Jade is the former Editor of the Tarrangower Times and has lived in the region for over 16 years.