Springwood’s Foundation Day on Saturday, March 23 will be the first major public event to mark the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary — and organisers have planned the biggest festival yet.
The annual event will feature entertainment on four stages, more than 150 street stalls, Volunteer of the Year awards, and a grand parade led by volunteers from Wilberforce’s Australian Pioneer Village dressed as the explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.
Large crowds are expected to line Macquarie Road for the parade at 1pm which will be preceded by the Springwood Dash where runners of all ages will race to the top of the main street.
Springwood Civic Centre will be a special focus at this year’s Foundation Day before its closure ahead of a multi-million dollar redevelopment.
A farewell morning tea and memorabilia display will be held from 9am to 1pm while the centre will host a farewell concert in the evening.
Live entertainment will feature throughout the day with a variety of acts performing on four stages, up from three last year. Visitors will be able to enjoy local talent at the Royal Hotel stage, Lister and Cole stage, St George Bank stage and Telstra Park stage.
Blue Mountains Musical Society will also showcase their latest musical at the Townhouse Plaza.
Rural Fire Service volunteers from Winmalee, Faulconbridge and Valley Heights brigades and the SES will help make the day run smoothly.
“Shopkeepers will have specials on the day, we want to get people going in their doors too. A lot of the shops will also have their own stalls as well,” said a Foundation Day spokeswoman.
Foundation Day will run from 9am to 4pm.
For more details visit www.foundationday.org.au, or phone David Younan on 0411 700 151.