Step back in time as Candelo Public School celebrates its 150th birthday on Saturday.
The community is invited to join the festivities that run from 10am until 4pm on the school grounds - including historic photo displays, lighthorse parade, maypole dancing and the opening of a time capsule buried in 1994!
"Thank goodness we found it," principal Suezanne Bourke said. "There were little holes all over the school grounds!"
Ms Bourke said current pupils will prepare their own time capsule once they learn what's inside the one buried to mark the school's 125th birthday - including items placed there by their own parents in several cases.
She said pupils and staff will be dressed in various period costumes, beautifully made by school parent Kathleen Brewster. A wealth of work has also been put in by Fiona Hoskins and Wayne Dunning in tracking down numerous historic photographs and news articles about Candelo school from the past 150 years. The results will be on view Saturday, as will a butter-making display and a mock up of an old classroom.
A former principal, Dr Colin Yarham, now in his 90s, will also be returning as a special guest for the celebration.
"It's going to be absolutely sensational," Ms Bourke said.
"We've spent many months preparing."
As for the celebration's calendar clash with the NSW state election - "we booked first," Ms Bourke joked, "they should've checked with us before calling the election date!"
Cast your vote at the town hall then head to the school for the 150th birthday celebrations, which start at 10am and run through to a family bush dance from 2-4pm.