The Nostagia festival should return to Kurri Kurri

Polish your cars, shine your shoes and pull out your best dresses, the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia festival will be back in town the last weekend of March.

The two-day Hunter Festival that promises to bring the 1950s to life on the streets of Kurri Kurri will open on March 25, with new financial support from Cessnock Town Council.

Celebrating all good things about the 1950s – rock n roll music, dancing, classic cars, vintage clothing and good old-fashioned entertainment, organizers promise there will be something for everyone.

Free entertainment and activities will be offered throughout the weekend at Rotary Park Kurri Kurri, including Wes and the Sonic Aces, Jake, Rattle & Roll, Shelley Minson, Robbie and the Rewinders, Jumpin Jukebox, Klub Kongo and the Piranha Tamers and Klassic Blak.

For lovers of classic cars and hot rods, Shannon’s Show and Shine promises to be a highlight, with an amazing display of hundreds of pristine vintage vehicles.

The Retro Market Place will bring together some of the biggest and best nostalgia-themed retro and vintage market stalls from across the country, showcasing themed merchandise, retro items, vintage clothing, rock n roll memorabilia and collectibles.

Festival organizer Towns With Heart has received $10,400 in-kind support for the nationally acclaimed festival.

Cessnock City Council will provide waste management, park management and amenities management over the weekend.

Whether you remember the 1950s or are inspired by that era, dressing up is also part of the fun of the weekend, with the community encouraged to don their best vintage or retro outfits for a chance to win great prizes .

Mayor of Cessnock City Council, Jay Suvaal, said the council wanted to support community initiatives such as the Nostalgia Festival as they contribute so much to the local government area.

“This festival is one of a kind and attracts people from across the region as well as across the country,” he said.

“Not only is it a fun weekend, but it provides a major boost to local businesses that inject up to $3 million into our local economy every year.”

The festival kicks off Friday, March 25, with a free family night from 5 p.m. at Rotary Park, and runs throughout Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

There are ticketed events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, including Burlesque Muse (over 18s) and Rock and Roll Express at the Richmond Vale Railway as well as shows at the Weston Workers Club.

This year’s event will also include a fun night at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club on Saturday night.

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