Sunday, June 01, 2008

Big Sky Country Events July-August 2008

A few of the events on New England's Tablelands and Western Slopes over July and August.

JULY

July 3-5 - Frost Over Barraba
Anglican Church Grounds, Barraba. An art exhibition that showcases the high level of talent being produced in the area. Pottery, ceramics and paintings. A fete takes place at the same time. Phone 02 6782 1533.

July 3-6 - Hats off to Country Festival, Tamworth
Three fabulous days and nights in the Country Music Capital, with 50 artists,120 hours and 60 shows. Phone Tourism Tamworth 02 6767 5300.

July 5 - Tynwald Day (Isle of Man), Glen Innes
Flag lowering ceremony at the Australian Standing Stones. Phone Wendy Watts 02 6733 3274.

July 5 - Wean Picnic Races, Boggabri
One of the few true picnic race meets. Held on a bush racecourse, the atmosphere attracts visitors and race enthusiasts from near and far. The evening BBQ and late night disco are open to all. Phone Narrabri Visitor Information 02 6799 6760.

July 5 - Gypsy Willow Markets
Cameron Park, Narrabri. Phone Trish Hadley 0427 834286.

July 5-6 - Moree Kennel Club
Events for all breeds of dogs. Gunnedah Kennel Club Grounds, Showground Complex. Camping facilities available. Phone Gloria Nowland 02 6744 7866.

July 5-10 - Tamworth Camerata
The annual Camerata Youth Country Music School for elite musicians and artists under 18 years. Phone 02 6765 7588 or visit www.tamworthcamerata.com

July 6 - Inverell Hobby Markets
Campbell Park. New and used items for sale. Phone Inverell Tourism 02 6728 8161.

July 6 - Jellicoe Park Markets, Moree
Fresh fruit & vegetables, handicrafts, woodwork, homemade cakes, olive oil, soaps, furniture and clothes. Contact: Owen Lloyd 02 6752 3780.

July 11-12 - Junior Rodeo, Upper Horton Camp Draft, Upper Horton
Phone Peter Kelly 02 6782 7240.

July 12 - Quota Markets, Quirindi
Roselea Park. Phone 02 6747 1490.

July 12 - North West Regional Farm and Lifestyle Markets
Salvation Army Hall, Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Tamworth. Inquiries: Fred and Joyce Cox 02 6765 9017.

July 13 - Tamworth Monthly Markets
Tamworth Showground, Showground Rd, Tamworth. Inquiries Fred and Joyce Cox 02 6765 9017.

July 13 - Glen Innes Market Stalls
Grey Street, 8am to 12 noon. Artwork, toys, tools, bric-a-brac and handcrafts. Phone Jenny Hodder or Hazel Ogle 02 6732 3837.

July 19 - Gunnedah Country Markets
Enjoy a wonderful selection of what Gunnedah has to offer including arts & crafts, bric-a-brac, cakes & slices, clothes, vegies, plants and books. Phone 02 6742 2565.

July 20 - Sapphire City Markets
Campbell Park, Inverell. Contact: 02 6722 2067.

July 20 - Peel Street Cottage Craft Fair and Regional Produce Markets
Peel Street, Tamworth. 9am-1pm. Inquiries Fran Burbury 02 6785 1204.

July 25 - St James’ Day, Glen Innes
The Celtic region of Galicia has a “regional” or national day. Phone Wendy Watts 02 6733 3274.

July 25-27 - NSW Women’s Veterans Hockey Championships, Armidale
New England Hockey Centre, Armidale. Approximately 120 teams coming together to compete for the NSW Women's Veterans Championships. Contact Jo Dolan ph 6778 3444, mob 0417 417537 or joannadolan@bigpond.com

July 27 - Armidale Markets
A wide variety of art, craft, fresh fruit & vegetables, old wares and more. Beardy Street Mall. Phone PCYC 02 6772 1023.

July 27 - Music On A Market Sunday, Armidale
Commences 12.30pm at the Uniting Church, 114 Rusden Street, Armidale Contact: Uniting Church: 02 6771 5121.

July 27 - Hallsville Country Markets
Hallsville Uniting Church, Manilla Rd, Hallsville. 9am-1pm.

AUGUST

August 2 - Gypsy Willow Markets, Narrabri
Cameron Park. Phone Trish Hadley 0427 834 286.

August 2 - Eulah Creek Antique and Machinery Day
Beulah Creek Hall via Narrabri. Antique machinery, craft and heavy horse displays. Phone Bruce Nicholson 02 6794 4669.

August 2 - Bingara Orange Festival
The annual festival honours the fallen from all wars and includes ceremonial orange picking and entertainment. Phone Bingara Visitor Information 02 6724 0066.

August 3 - Jellicoe Park Markets, Moree
Fresh fruit & vegetables, handicrafts, woodwork, homemade cakes, olive oil, soaps, furniture and clothes. Contact: Owen Lloyd 02 6752 3780.

August 3 - Inverell Hobby Markets
Campbell Park. New and used items for sale. Phone Inverell Tourism 02 6728 8161.

August 5 - Hereford/Poll Hereford Show and Sale, Glen Innes
Second largest multi-vendor sale in Australia. Phone Kelly or Norette 02 6732 2500.

August 8 - Sydney International Piano Competition People's Choice Winner
Tamworth Town Hall, 8pm. This Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music event is the first regional concert following the August 2 announcement of award winners in Sydney at one of the world's great piano competitions.

August 8-17 - National Cutting Horse Association Futurity
Australian Equine Centre, Tamworth. To be staged at the brand new state-of-the-art Equine Centre in Tamworth, the Futurity is Australia's richest performance horse competition. This event is held over nine days, offering the largest prize purse outside of thoroughbred racing, approx $420,000 plus. Australia's best cutters and horses are showcased in 7 different competitions over the duration of the event. Phone 02 6765 9356 or www.ncha.com.au

August 9 - Quota Markets, Quirindi
Roselea Park. Phone 02 6747 1490.

August 9 - North West Regional Farm and Lifestyle Markets
Salvation Army Hall, Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Tamworth. 8am-1pm. Inquiries Fred and Joyce Cox 02 6765 9017.

August 10 - Tamworth Monthly Markets
Tamworth Showground, Showground Rd, Tamworth. Inquiries Fred and Joyce Cox 02 6765 9017.

August 10 - Glen Innes Market Stalls
Grey Street, 8am to 12 noon. Artwork, toys, tools, bric-a-brac and handcrafts. Phone Jenny Hodder or Hazel Ogle 02 6732 3837.

August 11-12 - Galloping Gully Polocrosse Carnival, Murrumbilla
Polocrosse competitions, barbecue dinners and the “Great Rooster Race“. Phone Jo Hamilton 0427 932 148 or visit www.gallopinggully.com

August 18 - Gunnedah Country Markets
Enjoy a wonderful selection of what Gunnedah has to offer including arts & crafts, bric-a-brac, cakes & slices, clothes, vegies, plants and books. Phone 02 6742 2565.

August 17 - Sapphire City Markets
Campbell Park, Inverell. Contact: 02 6722 2067.

August 17 - Peel Street Cottage Craft Fair and Regional Produce Markets
Peel Street, Tamworth. Inquiries: Fran Burbury (02) 6785 1204.

August 19-21 - Commonwealth Bank Ag-Quip Field Days, Gunnedah
Ag-quip Site, Blackjack Road, Gunnedah. Australia's premier industry field days. Australia's biggest field days, showcasing over 2,500 companies. Attracting over 100,000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. Contact: Rural Press Events 02 6762 2399.

August 20 - Ag-Quip Rodeo, Gunnedah
Spectacular entertainment for the whole family. Gunnedah Showgrounds. Gates open 5.30pm. Phone Showground Society Office 02 6742 1867.

August 24 - Hallsville Country Markets
Hallsville Uniting Church, Manilla Rd, Hallsville.

August 29-31 - Quirindi Prime Stock Exhibition
Anzac Square Quirindi. A major producer show with heifers, steers, pigs and lambs judged in various categories - then auctioned off. School students from around the region also partake. Phone Kim Lawlor 02 6746 2881 or 0428 830 091.

August 31 - Armidale Markets
A wide variety of art, craft, fresh fruit & vegetables, old wares and more. Beardy Street Mall. Phone PCYC 02 6772 1023.

August 31 - Music On A Market Sunday, Armidale
Commences 12.30pm at the Uniting Church, 114 Rusden Street, Armidale. Contact: Uniting Church: 02 6771 5121.

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