There are less than two months to go and a new face is in charge of Junee’s 10th anniversary Rhythm n Rail Festival.
Nicholas Pyers has been handed the reins by outgoing president Jeanne Kennedy, who stood down due to personal commitments.
“I’ve already been heavily involved with the many aspects of the festival, so there will be no loss of continuity with exisiting events and projects,” Mr Pyers said.
“The majority of these events are already coordinated by independent groups and the committee are just providing an overall arch to bring it altogether.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the all the various events and activities coming together and providing the residents and visitors to Junee with the best Rhythm n Rail Festival yet!”
Al Smith was appointed as vice president.
Mr Pyers said the massive program is nearing completion with this year’s event set to draw rail enthusiasts from far and wide.
Pete’s Hobby Railway, Wagga Historical Engine Club, Tumba Rail and Lachlan Valley Railways are all booked in for the weekend, with shuttle runs operating including the Bethungra Spiral sunset ride.
A rail precinct including miniature trains has been touted for Railway Square, with final details yet to be confirmed.
The Roundhouse will also be open with details to come.
There will be a slew of bands performing with final venues to be announced after numbers are finalised.
“We’re still looking for performers, there’s plenty of space available and buskers are also encouraged to get in touch,” Mr Pyers said.
The committee were unsuccessful in securing a big name act for this year, but ensure all efforts are focused on delivering a doozy in 2019.
Ms Kennedy will still work behind the scenes as an active member of Junee Business and Trades.
“I leave the festival in the hands of a capable and hard-working committee supported by a team of dedicated volunteers,” she said.
“Over the last couple of years we’ve worked together to make the festival a huge success, and I know the tenth anniversary of the festival … will continue to grow upon our previous efforts and the ongoing dedication of the committee.”
The event will open with the bush dance at the Athenium on Friday March 9, and entries in the street parade covering both sides of town are already flowing in.
The Poets’ Breakfast has been confirmed for Sunday morning.
A whopping 40 market stalls are booked for the Memorial Park on Saturday to run 10 till 4.