Traditional trades and bullock trains will line the main street of Oatlands this weekend for the first ever Heritage and Bullock Festival.
Buildings and businesses in the main street will be hosting events to form a historical snapshot of of one of the most unique towns in the state.
Festival coordinator Andrew Benson said the festival was a rare opportunity.
“Oatlands has the largest number of intact Georgian buildings in a village environment in Australia, so it is appropriate that a festival showcasing traditional trades and crafts is being held in such a unique location,” he said.
The crafts to be showcased at the festival include hedge laying, leather works, handmade wallpaper, traditional joinery, fence paling splitting, handweaving, heritage plastering, painting, blacksmithing and farriering.
Saturday will feature a live sheep auction in the original saleyards adjacent to Callington Mill, as well as Paddy’s old country market.
There will also be mock trials in the supreme court, fresh bread baking from flour milled at the local Callington Mill, pipe bands, horse drawn carriage rides, food, entertainment and heritage machinery.
Oatlands legend Brian Fish will have his bullocks down the main street from 10.30am on both days, and conduct demonstrations at Callington Park.
- The festival will be held from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.southernmidlands.tas.gov.au.
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