Sunday 14 April was the day for this year's festival. Rain had been forecast but, even to our surprise, the sun came out and apart for a little occasional drizzle the rain held off until about 4:30pm, when some of our stalwards got wet stowing the gear away. It was a good day, with some 400 people attending. The Cardinia Landcare group brought their horses and the colourful coach and gave rides to the kids all day long. Thanks Henriettë for organising it. Cordoning off the area where the coach robbery took place made it a safer and more enjoyable event (except perhaps for the poor coachdriver and guard, who got manhandled and robbed to the delight of the onlookers. But of course the constables saved the day! The electricity generator broke down after lunch and made things a bit hectic for the Red Cross Food Tent and the blacksmith, who ran out of puff for his forge. But all in all, it was a good day.
The Friends of Kurth Kiln thank all participants of the festival, the dignitaries, the groups, the volunteers, the visitors, for their willingness and the time and effort given to make the 2013 festival a success. Special thank-yous to the Mayor of Cardinia, Cr Brett Owen for officiating at the Official Opening of the Festival and to Jacqui Rutten for her beautiful rendition of "Amazing Grace" and to Ian Vaskess and his Blue-Grass Band. It really provided the festive atmosphere. Our 2013 Heritage Festival was supported with a generous grant from the Cardinia Shire Council. The Festival is one of our major contribution in promoting greater public awareness of the unique Cultural Heritage of the Kurth Kiln site in the Cardinia Shire.
Below are a series of photos taken over the festival weekend.