The town of Canowindra is all set for a huge influx of tourists and a massive range of events this weekend, as the town’s biggest ever October long weekend takes place. What originally started as the annual Airing of the Quilts on the October long weekend, has grown to also include Charlie McCarron’s auction, tours of Canowindra, markets, exhibitions, barbeques, and live music.
The auction of Charlie McCarron’s vintage car collection is expected to attract thousands of people alone, but with all of the other events taking place across the weekend, even more people are expected to travel to Canowindra. Fiona Ferguson, a member of local community organisation ‘Canowindra@Home’ who has played a major role in organising Canowindra’s long weekend, said it was
an event the entire Canowindra community could look forward to. “It’s been a very well supported event.
We received a $3,000 grant from Cabonne Council for our marketing and promoting, but we’ve also had other donations from the community to make things happen,” she said. “Charlie McCarron’s auction at Canowindra Motors will obviously be the highlight of the weekend, but in the past the Airing of the Quilts has attracted one thousand people, so that could be a popular event as well.”
“The quilt themed window displays, which started on Wednesday, will be a great way to get visitors to see Canowindra as well. The idea behind that is to encourage people to walk around the town to view the quilts, almost like a trail and to see all of the local attractions of Canowindra.”
Besides Charlie McCarron’s auction and the Airing of the Quilts, there will also be the “Roasted” exhibition at Delice, the “Past and Present” exhibition at the Old Vic Inn, various events at the Canowindra Services Club, a busking competition at Deli Lama, the Moorbel Markets, various community BBQ fundraisers, the Canowindra CWA open day, and “Blind Freddy’s” half day tours of Canowindra. Fiona said it was a great opportunity to boost the economy of Canowindra.