WHAT a weekend to celebrate living in the Bega Valley!
There is a massive line-up of events on offer, catering for all tastes and ages.
The only question remains is how will you manage to fit everything in?
WALK THE BEGA BYPASS
Firstly – and looking like possibly the biggest thing to happen in Bega for some time – is the Bega Bypass walk as part of a Roads and Maritime Services Community Day.
Everyone is being invited to walk or cycle along the soon-to-be-completed 4km bypass, likely the only chance you’ll get before the road is open to traffic in coming weeks.
The day will also include family-fun entertainment such as a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and photographic display of the project that’s been over 40 years in the making.
Free shuttle buses will be running regularly between the Bega town centre and Finucane Lane – there will no access to the event by car.
Buses will start at 9am and run at regular intervals through until 2pm.
SOUTH COAST FIELD DAYS
After having a stickybeak at the new bypass, head on over to the Bega Showground to experience all that rural life in the Valley has to offer.
The South Coast Field Days run both Saturday and Sunday, showcasing the Valley’s vast array of producers and their wares.
There will be regular talks, displays and demonstrations across both days, as well as numerous stalls selling local produce and crafts.
Sheep dog training, knife forging, cheese making, and discussions around the theme of “sustainable land use and living” will be highlights of the weekend.
Visit www.southcoastfielddays.com.au for a full timetable.
Still on the theme of living on the land, the Bega and District Historical Machinery Club is holding its annual display as well this weekend.
Head on over to North Bega where antique cars, tractors and working engines will be joined by a bright pink Ford Dexter tractor raising awareness of the McGrath Foundation.
The display will run from 9am until 4pm both days, with a children’s tractor pull and sausage sizzle adding to the family-friendly event.
MRL GRAND FINALS
The Group 16 Minor Rugby League season draws to a close on Saturday with a full day of young footy talent taking to Pambula Sporting Complex fields.
The Under 10s will get proceedings underway around 9am, followed by U11s, U12s, U14s and junior league-tag, before the U16s kick off the main event.
Bega and Tathra feature prominently on the day with Bega in the U10s, Tathra in the U11s and the two neighbours facing off in the U16 feature match.
TANJA EQUINOX TROPFEST
A massive Saturday doesn’t have to end there though.
A selection of locally produced short films will feature at the Tanja Equinox Tropfest 2, starting from 7pm at the Tanja Hall.
The short film festival is back by popular demand and will be accompanied by live entertainment from a women’s choir.
Movie night essentials such as popcorn and choc-tops will be available.
Entry is via gold coin donation with all proceeds to assist with Wallaga Lake woman Naomi Foster’s ongoing medical treatment.
Organiser Vincent Weafer said short films already submitted include parkour, sea kayaking and mountain biking action, LEGO stop motion and a thought-provoking story of a woman’s fight with breast cancer.
Call Mr Weafer on 64940209 for further details.
BEMBOKA BRAVES REUNION
The Bemboka Braves soccer club is holding a reunion Saturday night at the Bemboka Memorial Hall.
Doors open at 5.30pm for a buffet dinner, presentations for players past and present, raffles, lucky door prizes and a memorabilia slide show.
Entertainment will be by the band Once Bitten.
For more information call Emma Barnett on 0418 978 115.
If all of that is not enough to keep you well occupied all weekend, don’t forget tonight’s Local Structures Art Award exhibition opening at Spiral Gallery at 5pm, Can Assist’s trash and treasure sale at the Bega CWA rooms on Saturday from 8am, Sunday’s sixth anniversary celebrations of Live Local Acoustic sessions at Wyndham’s Robbie Burns Hotel from 1pm, and the Wyndham Village Markets also on Sunday from 8.30am until 12.30pm.
Have a great weekend!