COUNTRY MUSIC MUSTER
This year, , the first Clarence Valley Country Music Muster was held over three days at a property in Calliope. November 1 -3rd in 2013, check the website for next years dates.
We didn't go because it didn't interest us, but our neighbours at our campsite, came especially for the Muster and the Jacaranda Festival. They could have bush camped at the site, but preferred to stay where they had facilities.
They were pretty happy to see and hear Ted Egan, an Australian bush legend and wonderful country folk singer. Most of his songs are about the Aussie outback life, history and Aboriginal affairs. One of his playing instruments is an empty beer carton played by tapping with his hands and fingers.
There were many more artists which you can see here http://www.cvcmuster.com.au/#!artists/cwzt
Even though it was advertised for 3 days, the gates were open for a week, so they went out every afternoon as there was always something on. They really enjoyed the Muster, so will be coming back next year if it's on!
It is expected to become an annual event, that is held the same time as the JACARANDA FESTIVAL.
To give you an idea on prices incase you want to attend if it is held next year.
In 2013.... Day visitors $30 per day or $90 for the whole week.
Children Under 16 - FREE
WHERE...11 Coulters Lane, Calliope (Near Ulmarra) Signposted so you won't get lost.
GRAFTON'S TOWN CRIER
Grafton has a new Town Crier after the old one retired after 25 years service.
The Town Crier is Trevor Green, who has only been on duty for 2 years. The townsfolk are pretty chuffed with Trevor, as he went to Maryborough for the 21st National Town Crier Championship, and won! He won in Best Dressed, Best Scroll and Best Cries categories, and he was up against 15 other competitors.
It wasn’t only the cries and voice which were assessed, but his clothes too, this is known as his regalia. The colours were chosen on purpose. The “royal” blue colour with gold and black trim, is designed to represent the beaches, rivers and mountains of the Clarence Valley.
At the Grafton Jacaranda festival parade, this happy Town Crier was up to his usual antics! The crowd loved him!
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PARKING YOUR CAR
Grafton is a busy city with plenty of car-parks, but not enough to cater for all the cars.
What is good, is ALL THE CAR PARKING IS FREE.
The large Grafton Shopping World has outdoor and underneath car parks.
Parking in the street has a green and white sign, stating the hours and times of the day you can park + for how long. If you overstay the time limit, then the Parking Inspector could leave a ticket on your windscreen. Quite often, where you can't park on a weekday, you can on a weekend.
Grafton is another town that has reverse parking, that is tail/car boot to kerb! Some of the streets have parallel parking.
Whatever you do, don't park where there is a white sign, with blue and white wheelchair as this is for handicapped/disable people and you will be fined.
Just check and you will be ok.
The Grafton Showgrounds isn't just where the Grafton yearly show is held, it has many other uses as well. If you do wish to go to the Show, this is held in April.
The entrance fee in 2013 was $15 Adults.
We came to the Showgrounds as this was where the Grafton Gem clubhouse was located.
It is where the GRAFTON SHOWGROUND MARKETS are held every 3rd Saturday of the Month from 8am - 1pm
If your looking for a cheap place to camp, then this is the cheapest you will find in Grafton and it includes showers, toilets, water and other facilities, even pets are allowed.
The location is good, just a short walk to the main shopping centre.
Grafton Showground Prince St, Grafton, [corner Prince and Dobbie St]
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THE 'MENS' SHED!
Have you heard of the Australian Mens Shed Association (AMSA)?
This is for the men in the community to come and enjoy working on projects that they can't do at home, or perhaps don't want to do at home! Machinery is provided for them in a safe enviroment, they can work at their own pace and make new friends. It is a really good idea and is mostly frequented by retiree's. No pressure is put on the men to make something, they can come along to the shed just for a talk and to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
During the Grafton Jacaranda festival, the Mens Shed was open to the public on the same day their members come to work.
I was very surprised to see all the expensive equipment they had to play around with.
Disappointing, was they only had a few things on display.
One was a very old style Caravan a member had made. We had a look inside and found it had all the necessary modern appliances. We were told this member regularly takes it away on holidays, and that he was looking for a car from the same era to complete the vintage look.
The Mens shed is located at the Brewery Complex, North Street Grafton.
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