Sep
27
2012

Evandale & National Penny Farthing Champs

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The streets in the peaceful village of Evandale, northern Tasmania will come alive with festivities for the arrival of the 31st annual Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships in February.

Festival goers are transported back 100 years as the high-wheeled penny farthings roll into town, with other activities of old such as a country fair and period themed festival also celebrated in the village fair.

The event began in 1983 and has built up a reputation over the years for holding one of the most competitive penny farthing races in the world.

Evandale held the world record – officially recognised by Guinness World Records – for a Penny Farthing Stack, with the greatest number of penny farthing bicycles, freestanding and held together by hands only in February 2000.

The feature event, the National Penny Farthing Championship, will see the fastest eight riders move through heats to make the final, which will have riders doing over four laps of the circuit.

The fair will hold fun for the whole family, taking place on February 23 from 10:00 to 16:00 with a variety of events including a novice race for first time riders, a slow race with the last rider over the line winning, relays with teams of four doing one lap each and a obstacle race among other activities.

Entertainment will also be provided on the day with face painting, hair styling and fairy dances on offer for the kids, Taiko Drummers, Pelican Puppets, stilt walkers, pony rides, Longford Morris Dancers and a wide variety of stalls selling food and crafts.

During your stay in Evandale, make sure to visit the popular Sunday markets!

The village hosts a regular country market from 08:00 to around 13:30 every sunday in Falls Park on Logan Road.

Visit a variety of stalls to sample tasty local produce, make rare book finds, take home local crafts and also treat the kids to pony rides and the Evandale Light Rail.

Racing underway in the penny farthing race

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