Sunday 6 October 2019

Rainbow Colour Run

  • Lake Marma Circuit,
    Lake Street, Murtoa
  • 9.30am for 10.00am start
  • Gold Coin Donation

Join in for a few circuits of Lake Marma to get loaded with colour! Come at 9.30am for a quick brekky and start the run (or walk!) at 9.30am. Four colour stations will be set up to explode colour on participants and a DJ will be in attendance to further entertain the crowd.

Come and join in the fun!

*Note: Daylight Savings Time will apply for Sunday!*

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.

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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District Farm Tour

  • Departing The Stick Shed,
    1465 Wimmera Hwy, Murtoa
  • 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Free with Weekend Pass

Departing The Stick Shed, aboard a bus to gain a farmer’s insights of the local farming district.

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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Poetry In The Sticks

  • The Stick Shed, 1465 Wimmera Hwy, Murtoa
  • 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • $10 entry to The Stick Shed

After a long career in higher education secretariats, Michael Fenaughty swapped city commuting and conference calls across three time zones for views of wheat and sheep. He’s originally from Jerilderie in the Riverina, so Murtoa is very much like his home town.

Michael has written an A to Z of 26 poems that are inspired by the Murtoa Stick Shed and he will perform a number of them today. You’ll be entertained by the unique Stick Shed imagery that Michael will weave with words.

Ecumenical Service

  • Supper Room, Mechanics Hall,
    Duncan Street, Murtoa
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm

Sunday morning extends a warm welcome to visitors to attend an Ecumenical Service, with the theme of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Followed by a Luncheon in the Supper Room.

Cocktail Music in the Hall

After the Ecumenical Service in the Supper Room, Mechanics Hall on Sunday, wander through the door to the large Hall and be entertained by Cocktail Music – all the while enjoying the Art Exhibition! All welcome.

Southern Art Silo Tour

  • Departing from The Stick Shed,
    1465 Wimmera Highway, Murtoa
  • 3.00 - 5.00pm
  • Free with Weekend Pass

After checking out the amazing Stick Shed, hop aboard the bus for an unforgettable tour of the fabulous Yarriambiack Silo artworks of Rupanyup, Sheep Hills and Brim.

Please note that ‘tag-along’ self-drive is welcome to accompany the bus tour.