Lighting Ridge Easter Festival

lightning ridge easter festival

Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April 2017

The Easter Festival showcases all that the 'Ridge has to offer and so much more.

If you are after a unique, dynamic and memorable experience make sure not to miss it.

The festival is a fantastic weekend for the whole family and packed full of events including: Rodeo (Friday evening), "Big Dig" for opals, "Little Dig" for techie prizes, novelty events, Miners challenges, float parade, horse races, market stalls, live music, our famous fireworks spectacular and more!

It's the only place to be this Easter - and every Easter!

Tickets for the Big Dig and Little Dig will be available for purchase at our table on Friday night at the Bull and Bronc Ride, Pony Club; as well as the information tent on both Saturday and Sunday.

Please watch this space for our new programme of events coming soon.

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Lightning Ridge is looking forward to seeing you all for our annual Easter Festival!!!

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LIGHTNING RIDGE EASTER FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Good Friday 14th April 2017

9am - 5pm

COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIAN OPAL & OPALISED FOSSILS - Australian Opal Centre

10.30am - 2pm

Great Goat Races 1977-2010 EXHIBITION - Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery

2pm - 6pm

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Red Necked Gentlemen - LR Outback Resort (Courtesy bus will take you to the Rodeo)

5pm - late;

LIGHTNING RIDGE BLACK OPAL BULL & BRONC RIDE (gate opens 4pm) - Pony Club

6pm till late

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Crazy Train”- LR Outback Resort

6pm

MEAT RAFFLES - LR Bowling Club

8pm till late

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Shane & Pete Riley” - LR Bowling Club

6pm

CARNIVAL / SIDESHOW - Special $5 (Friday only) per ride - next to LR Bowling Club

Glengarry / Sheepyard / Grawin Opal Fields Program

1pm

SEAFOOD BUFFET $45pp (Booking essential Phone 02 6829 3983) - Glengarry Hilton

6pm - late;

LIVE MUSIC “Just us”, Seafood Raffles & Pool Competition - Club in the Scrub

Easter Saturday 16th April 2017

8am - 8.15am

WELCOME TO COUNTRY CEREMONY - Info tent

8am - 1pm

STREET STALLS - Gifts, Arts & Craft, Jewellery, Opals, Food, Entertainment and more for the whole Family - along Morilla & Opal Street

8am - 9am

MINERS RICKSHAW CHALLENGE - Heats (Sign up at Info tent)

8am - 9am;

GAMES (“weird beard comp”,” bottle some potch”… free entry) near Info tent

8am - 12noon

MICRO DIG / FOSSICKING (Lucky dip) prizes donated by local businesses - Info tent

8am - 1pm

TAKE A PHOTO WITH THE “RIDGE” EASTER BUNNY by our famous artist JOHN MURRAY - next to Info Tent

9am - 5pm;

COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIAN OPAL & OPALISED FOSSILS - Australian Opal Centre

9am - 12.30pm

Great Goat Races 1977-2010 Exhibition - Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery

9am - 10am

LR BOWLING CLUB MINERS STRENGTH CHALLENGE - Heats (Sign up at Info tent)

10am – 11am

MINERS RICKSHAW CHALLENGE and LR BOWLING CLUB MINERS STRENGTH CHALLENGE

Prizes for each Challenge 1st $500, 2nd $200 , 3rd $100) - Finals

11am-12noon

THE BIG DIG $10,000 + worth in Opal prizes - tickets available at Info tent until event

12 - 6pm;

HORSE RACES first race 1pm, Fashion on the Fields, TAB, Bar & Food - LR Race Club

12noon

SILKS AND SCHOONERS - LR Outback Resort (courtesy bus available from noon)

4pm - 7pm

KIDS INFLATABLE FUN IN THE BEER GARDEN

(Children must be accompanied by adults at all times) - LR Bowling Club

7.30pm - late

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Route 37” - Bowling Club

7pm - late;

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ”Red Necked Gentleman” - LR Outback Resort

8.30pm - 9pm;

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR - Oval

All day;

CARNIVAL / SIDESHOW - next to Bowling Club

Glengarry / Sheepyard / Grawin Opal Fields Program

9am

KIDS FUN DAY (Bus decorating, Easter bonnet making and Arts & Craft,

Free “Snag Sizzle” Kitchen open Saturday, Sunday and Monday - Sheepyard Inn

4.30pm - late ;

TEXAS HOLDEM POKER Names in by 4.30pm ($20pp to play) - Club in the Scrub

7pm - late;

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Rock’n’ Roll Deputeez” and “Bon Scott tribute”

Food available all Easter weekend - Glengarry Hilton;

Easter Sunday 16th April 2017

8am - 12noon

STREET STALLS and FOOD - around town

8am - 1pm

TAKE A PHOTO WITH THE “RIDGE” EASTER BUNNY painted by our famous artist JOHN MURRAY - next to Info tent

8am - 12.30pm

PIGLET RACES at 8am / 9am / 10am / 11am & 12noon

Piglets have their own Racing Track - tickets available for all races at Info tent

8.30am - 9am;

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Comedians “Mel & Suzie” - next the Info tent

9am - 12.30pm ;

Great Goat Races EXHIBITION - Heritage cottage Hospital Gallery

9am - 5pm

COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIAN OPAL & OPALISED FOSSILS - Australian Opal Centre

9.30am - 10am

EGG & SPOON RACE and GAMES for Kids, Mums & Dads (Free Entry) - near Info tent

10.30am - 11am

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Comedians “Mel & Suzie” - next to the Info tent

11am - 12noon

LITTLE DIG $3,700 worth in “techie”prizes - tickets for sale all weekend at Info tent until event

12 - 12.30pm;

GAMES for Kids, Mums & Dads (Free entry) - near Info tent

1pm - 2pm

FLOAT PARADE showcasing the ”Ridge”

Prizes 1st $500, 2nd $200, 3rd$100, Best Pushbike $100, Encouragement Award $100

Parade ends at parking area LR Outback Resort

2pm

PARADE PRESENTATION - beer garden stage LR Outback Resort

2pm - 2.15pm

STATIC MINING DISPLAY showing “The Evolution of the Mining Industry in Lightning Ridge” with verbal description of local Miner - parking area LR Outback Resort

2.15pm - 3pm

LR OUTBACK RESORT MINERS CHALLENGE GRAND-FINAL

10 contestants will fight for the title The Ridge Miner of the Miner of the 2017

Prizes 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200

Parking area LR Outback Resort

3pm

Presentation LR OUTBACK RESORT MINERS CHALLENGE GRAND - beer garden stage LR Outback Resort

2pm - 6pm

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Fat Man don’t dance” Sunday Sippers - LR Outback Resort

4pm - late

Market Day Raffle with great prices (everyone welcome to buy tickets)-LR Bowling Club

6pm - late

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “Ray Jenkins- the music man” - Bowling Club

6pm - late;

FREE JUKEBOX - LR Outback Resort

All day;

Carnival / SIDESHOW - next to Bowling Club

Glengarry / Sheepyard / Grawin Opal Fields Program

8am

GOLF CLUB MEMORIAL TROPHY Golf competition with great prizes - Club in the Scrub

9am;

EASTER EGG HUNT bus leaves 9am - Sheepyard Inn

10.30am - 2pm

FREE KIDS EASTER EGG HUNT and EASTER BONNET PARADE, BADGE DRAW, EASTER and CHOOK RAFFLES - Club in the Scrub

2pm

ANNUAL YABBY RACES (bring your own or buy one on the day) - Club in the Scrub

7pm till late

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Sheppyard Inn

All events located at corner Morilla & Opal Street unless shown otherwise.

Please note this program of events is subject to change without notice at any time.

All our advertised Event times are approximate!!!

We do our best but things do get a little bit crazy out here.