Grenfell comes alive on the June long weekend, celebrating one of Australia’s most famous writers, Henry Lawson.
The Henry Lawson Festival is held annually to celebrate the life and works of the man born on the Grenfell goldfields. This year marks the 61st year of the Festival, with the theme being ‘Poetry in Motion’. Each year has a different theme, which is applied to various aspects of the Festival, such as the photography competition, the Children’s competitions and the floats taking part in the Street Parade. There is also a special guest every year, with this year’s being theatre and television star Alison Bell, who spent her early life in Grenfell. Events start on Thursday 7th June and take place over the weekend right through to Monday 11th June. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Car enthusiasts will delight in the car museum and car show, photographers and artists will relish perusing the exhibitions and music buffs will savour the sweet tunes of the buskers. Go back in time with a Cobb and Co coach ride, sip billy tea at Henry Lawson’s birthplace and visit the Historical Society Museum. Kids are covered with amusement rides, stalls galore and the chance to view shearing and woodchopping up close. Poetry features across the weekend with a variety of readings. Everyone gathers along the main street for the Street Procession to see the lineup of beautifully decorated floats. Theatre aficionados will revel in the Dramatic Society’s production, which this year is “Australia Day”. And there’s always a selfie with Henry.