This October, Gilgandra annual Coo-ee Festival will be bigger than ever, owing to the fact this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the famous 1915 Coo-ee Recruitment March.
The family friendly festival showcases free exhibitions and the timeless Coo-ee March gallery at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre. Visit the Coo-ee March Gallery and gaze upon the Coo-ee March signature quilt, and learn about the patriotic Coo-ee March Men who lead a recruitment march from Gilgandra to Sydney during the first World War.
Festival events on Friday night kick off with the poetry competition, followed by the parade along the main street on Saturday. Local war historian Brian Bywater will head up the March as they fall in on Saturday at the Parade and march onto Coo-ee Park.
Join the festivities in Cooee Park with market stalls, entertainment local tug-o-war, wood chop, Coo-ee Calling Competition, novelty games, children's rides, food stalls and much more.
Putt on Sunday at the Coo-ee cup golf competition, and enjoy live entertainment at various venues on Sunday evening. Keep the pace going on Monday at the action packed rodeo or wind down on at the Picnic in the Bush at Gilgandra Native Flora reserve.
As a special event for the centenary anniversary, Gilgandra will celebrate with a re-enactment of this historic and significant march. The Coo-ee Provisions Night will be held on Thursday 15 October, then the Farewall Ball will take place on the evening of Friday 16 October. All this will culminate in the march re-enactment on Saturday 17 October, when the procession of the Coo-ee March Re-enactment contingent leave Gilgandra in a fan fare to retrace the steps of their ancestors and march to Sydney over three weeks, arriving in Sydney on 11 November.
When: 2 - 5 October, 2016