Celebrate the great outdoors

THE Highlands Bushfest is coming this weekend, celebrating and showcasing the Central Highlands region, it’s heritage, culture and communities.

Held at the Bothwell Recreation Ground, the show will feature the outdoor pursuits that are readily on offer in the Central Highlands, including fishing, hunting and camping, as well as the food, beverage, tourism, arts and crafts, music and small businesses of the region.

The Highlands Bushfest had been an annual event that ran since 2014 but was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Central Highlands Mayor Lou Triffitt is extremely pleased to see the event take place once again.

“This event in Bothwell has the community buzzing with excitement, giving many of us the opportunity to enjoy a weekend out, catching up with friends, enjoying each other’s company and seeing all the fantastic displays, stalls and activities,” Ms Triffitt said.

“Our Bushfest is similar to a mini-Agfest that showcases a variety of interesting choices for all age groups, it boosts tourism, brings visitors to our town, supports our local businesses and provides visitors the opportunity to visit all our tourist attractions.”

“I encourage and welcome you to come visit the beautiful Central Highlands and enjoy the hospitality at the Bushfest 2021.”

Among other events, some of the highlights on show at Bushfest this year will be shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, wood chopping and chainsaw sculpting, an animal nursery, zorb balls, face painting and Tas Reptilia, as well as numerous food and beverage vans.

The Highlands Bushfest is on Saturday and Sunday, with a gold coin entry cost, a mask requirement and a chance for the lucky gate prize.