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Childers Heritage Weekend to celebrate history

Childers heritage weekend
Mary Lethbridge, Scott Stedman and Josie Rigney at the Isis Shire Council Memorial Hall.

An exciting weekend of activities and attractions is planned for Childers in May as part of a nation-wide celebration of regional local heritage.

The weekend, which will become known as the Childers Heritage Weekend, will celebrate the rich cultural and historical roots of the charming area during the Australian Heritage Festival.

A newly formed Childers tourism group called Experience Childers, formerly known as Stay in Childers, have been active in developing strategies to promote tourism in the local district.

Member Scott Stedman said the Childers Heritage Weekend would aim to showcase the region’s history and provide a welcome boost to the town’s economy.

“The aim of the weekend is to draw visitors into the region allowing the shared historic and cultural richness and experience to encourage economic growth and development in the local area,” Scott said.

“It is hoped that food outlets, accommodation providers, museums, businesses, tourism operators and the general community will benefit from an influx of visitors.

“All ages will be catered for, from under eight story-reading at the library to checking out all the patchwork quilts or the different cars and trucks on display for those a bit older.”

Childers Heritage Weekend features range of experiences

A number of experiences are on offer as part of the weekend with everything from museum visits to demonstrations and displays of traditional crafting.

“The range of experiences on offer include museum visits, a classic motor car display at the Childers Historical Complex, discovery walks around the town and an open-visit scheme consisting of visiting historic buildings and sites of significance,” Scott said.

“There will also be a music event featuring the iconic character, Chad Morgan at the Grand Hotel and demonstrations and displays of traditional crafting and Devonshire teas served in the old Apple Tree Creek School, now the CWA building.

“We are organising open access to all displays at the Historical Complex, the Soldiers Room, the Masonic Hall and West Street Hall, plus a tour of the Paragon Theatre and display of handmade quilts along with an orchid display in one of our beautiful churches.”

Scott said the committee was looking forward to welcoming more people to Childers, with the weekend providing a great opportunity for visitors to explore everything the historic town had on offer.

“It will be a great weekend to stay in Childers overnight so a vast array of activities and attractions can be experienced,” he said.

“A lot of buildings open this weekend are not usually open on a regular basis.”

You can find out more about Experience Childers and the Childers Heritage Weekend here.

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