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CFA and the Bendigo Easter Festival
Every year CFA play a significant role in The Bendigo Easter Festival, which is the oldest ongoing festival in Australia, and in 2015 will celebrate its 145th anniversary.
This year the CFA will be involved in the following attractions:
Bendigo District RSL Torchlight Procession
Saturday 4th April, 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Parade Route: View St, Pall Mall, McCrae St, Chapel St and Bridge St.
Line the streets and pay tribute to local emergency services, followed by a beautiful array of lanterns handmade by local community groups.
Bringing home the procession will be a spectacular Chinese section. A spectacular display of fireworks will erupt over Rosalind Park at the conclusion of the procession.
More details HERE
CFA Kids Amusement Rides
Fri 3 Apr - Sun 5 Apr, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
The Combined Bendigo Fire Brigades host a variety of kids rides in Lower Bull Street for families to enjoy low cost entertainment. Featuring the Giant slide, Samba Balloon ride, Train ride, Cup and Saucer ride and Chair-o-Plane ride. Ticket price $2.50 per ride
More details HERE
CFA Historic Fire Truck Rides
Sat 4 Apr - Sun 5 Apr, 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Children will be delighted by a ride through Rosalind Park on a Historic Fire Truck, complete with bells and lights!
Proudly brought to you by the Combined Bendigo Fire Brigades.
More Details HERE
The first Bendigo Easter Fair, as it was known then, was started by Burnside and Aspinal in 1870 to raise funds for the Sandhurst Benevolent Asylum and Hospital raising over £1000 for this charitable cause. The fair was considered such a success that it has been held every year since, making this Australia's longest ongoing festival.
The Bendigo Easter Festival began as a celebration of the annual Christian festival of Easter and to raise money for the Bendigo Hospital. The festival was a time for sharing, goodwill and charity. Today, the festival continues this tradition, showcasing Bendigo’s diverse community and cultural heritage.
Bendigo's goldfields heritage is celebrated annually through the cultural displays of the Bendigo Chinese Association during the festival. The Torchlight Procession and Gala Parade are an opportunity for the Bendigo community to express their artistic talent and culture.