Be out there in Parkes for an event-filled June Long Weekend, with a variety of activities for everyone to be entertained.

Parkes Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM, said "whether you're into sports, culture, or just love a social outing, there's something for everyone in Parkes Shire this long weekend."

"The annual Parkes Picnic Races will kick off the long weekend in style, and for many locals this is a staple event in their social calendar."

"This year Parkes Picnic Races welcomes regional milliner, Julie Herbert, as the guest Judge for Fashions on the Field. Julie, who lives in Orange, discovered her passion for millinery after trying her hand at making her own headpiece. She now creates handmade pieces from high quality Australian materials."

There'll be plenty of trackside entertainment with a five race program with the Coradgery Cup sponsored by McDonalds Parkes, Forbes and Young, full TAB and betting facilities, canteen and bar services, coffee van, live entertainment by Trundle band Geroholom Johnson and the popular Fashions on the Field.

Entry is free for under 16s, and adult general admission tickets are $20 and are available to pre-purchase from Henry Parkes Centre, The Railway, Parkes and Cambridge Hotels as well as at the gate on the day. Gates open at 11.30am.

The Peak Hill Arts and Craft Exhibition returns for the 45th year, with a wonderful display of local arts and crafts. On both Saturday and Sunday, local artisans and craftsmen and women will hold workshops including card making, glass slumping, bee-keeping, photography, wood turning and embroidery demonstrations. Many locally made items and will be available from the Exhibition on the Peak Hill main street at the Leisure Centre and Southern Cross Hall, Peak Hill. Admission is $2 and is open from 9.30am - 4pm each day.

Canine friends will go on show at the Parkes and District Kennel Club Show, with three all breeds championships held at the Parkes Showground on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June. The event is always a great opportunity to view many different breeds of dogs and their many talents. Three competitions will run over the two days with various categories available to enter. Observers welcome to head along.

Don't miss the action-packed clash between Parkes Spacemen and rugby league rivals Forbes Magpies in the local derby on Sunday at Jock Colley Oval. It's sure to be a stellar match and a great family day out.

The Henry Parkes Centre on the Newell Highway is open all June Long Weekend from 10am to 4pm daily. One ticket gains access to The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit and Parkes Motor Museum. Adult tickets are just $10, Concession $8, Child (under 18) $5 and Family $25.

It all adds up to a fantastic June Long Weekend in Parkes!