Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival Parade Day

Horse Festival Parade
The Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival has been growing in popularity each year. It is now a 16 day event, that commenced on Friday 4 May and winds up on Sunday 20 May.

The big day is on Saturday 12 May, with the Parade along the main street of Scone commencing at 11am. This is a huge parade, with floats, vehicles, bands, schools and many community groups taking part. Horses of all breeds are the main feature of the parade, with many horse studs, riding schools etc taking part. People have a second chance of seeing the hour long parade, as it goes up one side of the street, turns around and comes back on the other side of the street . There are various commentary broadcast points along the street so that people can hear what the parade entries are.

If travelling to Scone by car, it is advised to arrive in Scone early in order to get a car park, as streets are blocked off for the parade. Depending on the weather, find a viewing spot under the shade of the shop awnings on the shady side of the street, or in the sun on the other side of the street.

There are plenty of activities on the day before and after the parade to enjoy. If you are feeling a bit peckish, you can garb some food and drinks at:
- Scone Arts & Crafts Parade Day Café, from 7.30am,
- Scone High School Parade Day BBQ 9am – 1pm in main street,
- St Mary’s P&F Morning Tea and Cake Stall in main street

The Scone Country Markets taker will place in St Aubins Street from 8.30am – 1pm. A large range of handmade craftwork, jewellery, woodwork, clothing and eats will be available.

Horse Festival Parade
The Busking Competition will take place along the main street from 9-10.45am. There are sections for juniors and seniors, and individuals, duos and groups are welcome to come along and entertain the crowds and perhaps win the prize money.

There are plenty of activities after the parade to make a full day in Scone.
- Scone Grammar School Foundation Antique Fair in St Lukes Hall from 10am – 5pm
- Scone Arts & Crafts Exhibition in Kingdon St from 10am-4pm
- Murrurundi Art Show in the nearby town of Murrurundi from 10am – 4pm  
- Scone Polo Cup in the nearby town of Gundy presents the Muswellbrook Cup from 10am
- Scone Grammar School Fete in Kingdon Street
- Horesball Demonstration Match in White Park Scone
- Horse Festival Charity Rodeo from 1pm at White Park
Horse Festival Parade
- Muswellbrook Linedance Express Workshop 2 – 4 pm, Gundy Road
- Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society 2 – 4.30pm Kingdon Street
- Equestrian Vaulting Competition 3 – 6pm Turanville Road
- Muswellbrook Linedance Express Meet and Greet 6.30 – 11pm, Gundy Road

For further information about The Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival see the website or contact the scone Information and Wine Centre on 02 65401200

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