October 14, 2015
The population of Baradine tripled over the October long weekend, as family, friends and former residents flocked home for the town’s 150th sesqui-centenary celebrations.
Organised by the Baradine and District Progress Association, the weekend has been hailed a great success.
In addition to fully booked accommodation providers, caravans and tents covered backyards across the town.
This influx of visitors provided a much-needed boost to the Baradine economy.
Festivities commenced on Thursday, 1 October with the official book launch of ‘Baradine - a town full of history’ and photographic display at the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre.
On Friday evening, more than 1000 people filled the town’s main street for a community meet-and-greet event, where Tamworth- based band, Redneck Gentleman, entertained the crowd.
A fantastic fireworks display rounded out the night and received much praise from the public.
Baradine schools, along with a number of other local services, were open on Saturday morning for people to take a jaunt down memory lane.
Later that night, a formal Celebration Ball paid homage to hundreds of balls that have been held at the Memorial Hall since its construction in the mid-1920s.
The final day of events began with a street parade, featuring 32 colourful floats which made their way down Wellington Street and to the Baradine Oval.
Following a smoking ceremony, Aboriginal elder, Sonny Magann delivered the Welcome to Country, while Aboriginal dancers from across the region performed.
Further coverage of Baradine's 150th celebrations appear in the Thursday, 15 October edition of the Coonabarabran Times.
The Baradine Hospital Auxiliary re-created one of its major fund-raisers, the debutante ball.
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