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Step back in time at Barossa History Fair

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wednesday, mARCH 13

The Barossa History Fair is back for 2024.

words GRETEL MEAD

The Barossa History Fair is back and better than ever in 2024, bringing the region’s heritage back to life throughout Tanunda on May 4 and 5.

Led by creatives from the Barossa History Fair Committee, the event celebrates the stories, people and places that make Barossa what it is today while showcasing the work of local heritage groups.

With a variety of experiences and attractions on offer, it’s an opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of the region – which dates all the way back to the 1830s.

“The big things are going to be the welcome and all of the bells ringing at 10.00am – that’s going to be quite cool,” Barossa History Fair Committee Member, Rebecca Reynolds said.

“I think it’s also the fact that all of the heritage attractions in Tanunda will be open.

“Activities and displays will be held in eight special locations around the town, including The Tanunda Kegel Club, the Barossa Museum, The Barossa Regional Gallery, CWA Hall, St Pauls and Tabor Church Halls, The Hub and the VIC lawns.”

Featuring guest speakers, exhibitions, vintage cars and machines, musical performances, traditional crafts, games and activities, alongside genealogists and local historians, the Barossa History Fair has something for everyone – regardless of whether attendees are history buffs or not.

“There’s the opportunity to touch and feel, with activities such as butter making and rope making,” Rebecca said.

“History doesn’t have to be theoretical, and we’re hoping people really enjoy that aspect of the weekend.”

>> Melissa Whitrow, Rebecca Reynolds and Everard Leske

“That was one of the reasons why it all started really – we wanted to shine a light on history and stories, but also to introduce some of the groups that are active within the community.”

- Rebecca Reynolds

A real community effort, the Barossa History Fair would not be possible without the work of local organisations such as the Barossa Valley Archives and History Trust, Angaston and Penrice Historical Society, double rr company, and Mount Pleasant District History Room in conjunction with support from The Barossa Council, Town of Gawler and Barossa Village.

“A lot of different community and heritage organisations are involved which is really quite unique,” Rebecca said.

“That was one of the reasons why it all started really – we wanted to shine a light on history and stories, but also to introduce some of the groups that are active within the community.”

A biannual event, the Barossa History Fair rotates between towns and has previously been held at Angaston and Nuriootpa – however, this year, it is Tanunda’s time to shine.

“It was always the concept that it would move around different towns,” Rebecca said.

“This year, we’re inviting people to have a wander through Tanunda and see it in a different way.”

In 2022, the event attracted a crowd of more than 1000 heritage-loving locals and visitors – subsequently, winning The Barossa Council’s Community Event of the Year Award.

“I think partly, we were probably buoyed by getting the Community Event of the Year Award and it’s nice to be appreciated in that respect,” Rebecca said.

“Because of that, we’re hoping that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.”

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