New event would be branded Rose Carnival

Navanka Fletcher, Sari James, Mary Hollingworth who organise the Celtic Festival. Would they also do the Rose Carnival?
Navanka Fletcher, Sari James, Mary Hollingworth who organise the Celtic Festival. Would they also do the Rose Carnival?

A new festival is being proposed for Glen Innes to augment the existing Celtic Festival and Minerama. 

The idea which is being discussed within the Glen Innes Highlands Visitor Association is to bring together existing events which coincide in November and brand the whole thing as the Rose Carnival. 

According to Cathy Spry, the secretary of the association, it would be a “a celebration of all things vintage”.

She said: “There have been a number of individual clubs that have shown interest in the idea of holding a revived Rose Carnival as a Vintage Show in November.”

She made an appeal to people from organisations currently involved in their own events: “We are seeking a club or group who may be interested in taking ownership of this idea and coordinate the festival.

“Many of the individuals who have put their hand up to run some small events for the Festival will just need a person to report back to and provide information ready for a program and advertising.”

No figure on cost has been made public and the council may have a view on that but Cathy Spry said funding would be made available from the council: “If a group takes ownership of the idea and would like to annually run the Festival it would be eligible for funding through Destination NSW and Glen Innes Severn Council event funding.”

The events currently happening around that time of the year include: the Anglican Garden Walk; the vintage Machinery Display by the Vintage Machinery Club; Vintage Markets; Vintage Music and Dance in the Town Hall; Fashion Parade by Land of the Beardies History House; craft workshops, dress competitions, art shows; vintage films at the library.

She says: “If you think your group may be interested in running this Festival, please contact Cathy Spry on cathyspry@aapt.net.au or 02.67324246 for further information. Glen Innes Severn Council Event Coordinator is also contactable on (02) 6730 2400 for advice on running events and Council support.”