Saturday 5 October 2019

Pop-Up Social Saturday!

  • Option 1: Lake Marma, Rotunda area
    Option 2: Murtoa Bowls Club, Lloyd St, Murtoa
    Option 3: The Railway Hotel, Comyn St, Murtoa
  • Various

Please note that the Ecycle Solutions MURTOA CUP meeting abandoned today will be rescheduled to Sunday, 13 October 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience caused… Murtoa Big Weekend Organisers and the Murtoa Community have created some pop-up social events for the community and race-goers to attend!

Option 1: Music at Lake Marma – Open Mic – come along from 1pm to the Rotunda area of Lake Marma with your friends and refreshments. Also instruments if you wish including your vocals!

Option 2: Murtoa Bowls Club – BAREFOOT SOCIAL BOWLS! Please come along… have a roll, drink (no BYO) and a giggle! 2.30-5.30pm; Murtoa Bowls Club, Lloyd Street, Murtoa. (Bowls supplied, BYO bare feet!)

Option 3: The Railway Hotel will be open all day!

Monster Street Market

  • McDonald Street, Murtoa
  • 9.00am - 1.00pm

On Saturday morning, McDonald Street is alive and vibrant. The market features many stalls, a barbecue lunch, street entertainment, pottery demonstrations and busking for all to enjoy.

A barbecue lunch is proudly supplied by OLHC Primary School, Murtoa.

Enjoy a return-trip Glass to Paddock Farm Tour at 11am from a brewery stall that uses local barley.

Murtoa’s Show’n’Shine

  • McDonald Street, Murtoa
  • 9.00am - 1.00pm
  • Free

Murtoa’s Show’n’Shine event, proudly supported by Shannons, runs in conjunction with the Monster Street Market on Saturday morning. Cars from Victorian Car Clubs along with various categories of motorbikes will keep the vehicle enthusiast entertained.

Glass to Paddock Farm Tour

  • McDonald Street, Murtoa
    [Meet at Brewery Stall outside Murtoa Neighbourhood House]
  • 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Free with Weekend Pass

While enjoying the Monster Street Market and Murtoa’s Show’n’Shine in McDonald Street on Saturday morning, enjoy a Glass to Paddock Farm Tour at 11am from a brewery stall that uses local barley. Please meet outside Murtoa District Neighbourhood House to get a seat on this great tour!

Murtoa Cup

  • Murtoa Racecourse,
    Racecourse Road, Murtoa
  • CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER

Murtoa Cup meeting rescheduled to 13 October

Racing Victoria (RV) wishes to advise that the Ecycle Solutions Murtoa Cup meeting abandoned today will be rescheduled to Sunday, 13 October 2019.

RV Stewards, in consultation with the Murtoa Racing Club (MRC), determined that a section of the track near the 300 metre mark was unsuitable to race on today and abandoned the meeting in the interests of safety.

A burst water pipe had created a wet section on the track that was deemed unsafe for racing and unable to dry in time for the race meeting to proceed today. The MRC is working to rectify the issue in time for next weekend.

With the Manangatang Cup meeting scheduled in the state’s north west on Saturday, 12 October, RV will review the racing program and advise of any changes to the Murtoa Cup program on Monday, 7 October.

With today’s meeting abandoned, new fields will be drawn up for the Murtoa Cup meeting with nominations to open on Monday.

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Official Opening#1: Cade Lane

  • Cade Lane, Murtoa
  • 9.00am - 9.30am
  • Free

Celebrate the Cade family’s incredible contribution to mental health.

Official Opening#2: Murtoa Lakeside Cabins

  • Lake Street, Murtoa
  • 10.30am - 11.00am

Come and celebrate the community driven project, funded by Pick My Project, on beautiful Lake Marma.

Official Opening#3: Murtoa Railway Station

  • Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • 11.30am - 12.00pm

Come and celebrate the rejuvenated Murtoa Railway Station, by VicTrack, with displays depicting the railway history of Murtoa.

Water Tower Museum, Concordia College & Railway Station Exhibition

Come and explore the recently renovated Railway Station (official opening Saturday 11:30am) and take in the wonderful railway exhibition. 

Within the circular walls of the 1886 Railway Water Tower are three floors include the famous James Hill taxidermy collection of over 500 birds and other fauna of national importance. 

Concordia Cottage is the last remaining section of the original Lutheran Concordia College established at Murtoa in the 1890s. It holds interesting local historical material.

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Art Exhibition & Sale

Picasso eat your heart out!

The majestic Murtoa Mechanics Hall will yet again be alive with Art over Murtoa’s Big Weekend with an Art Exhibition & Sale. View the works of local artists and cast your vote for ‘Best of Show’, choosing from paintings, sculpture, textile art, photography and, of course, masterpieces from our young Rembrandts.

An exciting new judged category, ‘Through My Eyes – Wimmera Mallee’, sponsored by The Stick Shed, will portray artistic interpretations of the Wimmera Mallee. Voting will be completed by 3pm on Sunday and announced/displayed. Works for sale.

Make sure you make this a part of your Big Weekend.

History Story Cemetery Tour

  • Murtoa Cemetery Rd, Murtoa
  • 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Meet at the Murtoa Cemetery to listen to interesting historical stories that will entertain and amaze!

The Stick Shed

The Nationally Heritage listed site will be open for inspection over the three days of Murtoa’s Big Weekend. This monumental structure is the largest timber-framed structure still standing in Victoria and is fundamental to Victoria and Australia’s cultural identity. It is an enduring testament to iconic Australian bush ingenuity and a symbol of the growth and strength of the Australian grains industry. Immense in size, the Stick Shed spans the length of five Olympic swimming pools and has been dubbed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’.

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‘Land is Family’ Fine Art Photographic Exhibition

A first at The Stick Shed, proudly launching the Fine Art Photography Exhibition titled: ‘Land is Family’.

The project, by Jenani Therone, a Fine Art Photographer, celebrates farming and farming communities with creations that challenge the presumed visual ideas of the craft – farming.

An exhibition not to be missed that continues to be on display during Murtoa’s Big Weekend.

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Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally

This display of antique engines and related artefacts is another huge attraction. The Ruston Gas Suction Engines and an additional display of Single Cylinder Engine Tractors are a major drawcard. Watching them run is a truly unforgettable experience and the Sumpoilers have added a wonderful array of other engines, allied items and artefacts to the display from their own collections.

Be amazed with blacksmithing demonstrations. Not to be missed!

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eSPORTS COMP @ COLLEGE

  • Murtoa College, Webb Street, Murtoa
  • 2pm - 5pm
  • FREE
‘eSports’ is the fastest growing sport in the world. It is a sport for all ages, provides a good social outing and is easy to master for first timers.
Join in the fun, one and all.

Saturday Night at The Railway Hotel

  • Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • Meals from 6.00pm

At the end of your Big Weekend Saturday, make your way to the Railway Hotel where friendly hosts Bill and Kath will keep you quenched and fed with delicious meals!

Entertainment by Acousticus Stomp included.

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