Back to Hartley to be the biggest and best yet

GEARING UP FOR A GREAT EVENT: Past will meet present at Back to Hartley 2016, with the inclusion of Lazer Tag in this year's event. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity

GEARING UP FOR A GREAT EVENT: Past will meet present at Back to Hartley 2016, with the inclusion of Lazer Tag in this year's event. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity

THE highly anticipated Back to Hartley event this year will be held on Sunday October 30 at the Historic Hartley Village.

To be held on All Hallows Eve, the family-friendly Back to Hartley event is an opportunity for locals and visitors to the area to explore one of the finest examples of colonial buildings at Hartley Historic Site and experience the beauty of the surrounds.

It will also wrap up a weekend of Halloween celebrations.

Entry is $5 per vehicle with all proceeds going to charity; this year it is the Optimist Club Lithgow Branch which works to support underprivileged youth in the area.

This year the Hartley Advisory Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Service would like to offer local charities, service clubs and sporting bodies the opportunity to win two nights’ accommodation in the refurbished Presbytery.

The two night’s accommodation is worth $800 and would make an excellent prize for a raffle or auction.

But to win you must enter the Great Laser Challenge Shoot Out.

Teams of five players must compete in a sudden death shootout to compete in the final round against the formidable Lithgow Living History Team lead by Captain Ian Rufus.

The cost of entering each team is $50 and participants are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the day.

For further information and registration email details to hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au and mark it attention Kristen Howarth or call the Hartley Office on 63552117.

The event will also showcase a variety of arts, crafts, regional produce and vintage cars and motorbikes. There will be refreshments for sale, sheep shearing and face painting, trike and pony rides and a petting zoo.

The atmosphere will be set with live music by Lithgow Folk Club and dance performances with Lithgow Living History group members roaming the site in full colonial costume and complimentary lashings of convicts heralded by the town crier.

`’Events such as Back to Hartley, which was voted Lithgow’s best community event in 2015, breathe new life into this beautiful site and are a chance for the community to learn about their Australian heritage `on location’,” said Hartley Historic Site manager Steve Ring.

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