Scheduled Events News

Due to the expected rainfall this coming week, the Cooke Park Community Fun Day scheduled for Saturday 22 October will be postponed to the new date of Saturday 19 November 2022, from 10am to 2pm.

Parkes Community Arts Secretary, Kerryn Jones said, "Though disappointed, we are grateful that most vendors and performers are able to be flexible in this uncertain weather, though some clashes have been inevitable."

"Community members need not worry, as the weather forecast is looking better for Saturday 19 November. This is a free event, with lots of activities, food, and music performances throughout the day with the beautiful Quentin Park Alpacas ready to meet and greet people from 10am," added Ms Jones.

There will also be artisan market stalls located inside the Cooke Park Pavilion for community members to browse and support local artists and creatives.

"We are looking forward to seeing a large crowd, especially with the build-up in anticipation," says Ms Jones.

The Parkes Community Arts Spring Fling Festival is well underway in Parkes and has been a great success so far. If you have been in the Parkes CDB recently, the Spring Fling vibe is hard to miss with over 1000 handmade flowers adorning the main street and Cooke Park.

Parkes Shire Councillor Bill Jayet said, "We have been thrilled with the community response. Baz Luhrmann's Elvis screened on Friday 14 October in the Cooke Park Pavilion to a sell-out and enthusiastic crowd."

The main events, funded by the NSW Government's Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program, have included a series of sold-out creative workshops, in art, drumming and flower arrangement; as well as the upcoming Lindsay Morehouse memorial concert on Sunday 23 October at 2pm in the Starlight Lounge of Parkes Services Club.

The Best in Show art exhibition in the Coventry Room of the Parkes Library and Cultural Centre, which has been funded by the CMOC-Northparkes Mines' Community Investment Program, will be extended to Saturday 19 November.

Best in Show exhibition curators, Deb Jones and Helen Standen, said, "This exhibition has been particularly special with the most artworks ever submitted to a single exhibition here. We had over 400 artworks entered and there are a huge range of ages and mediums on display."

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The Spring Fling Festival is funded by NSW Government's Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program.