Taralga Heritage Fair on February 18 at St Luke's

HERITAGE FAIR: At St Luke's Church, Taralga, are Helen Francis, Frank Fleming, Mary McInnes, Joyce Fleming, Ken Fleming and Rev Sallyanne Hart. Photo: supplied
HERITAGE FAIR: At St Luke's Church, Taralga, are Helen Francis, Frank Fleming, Mary McInnes, Joyce Fleming, Ken Fleming and Rev Sallyanne Hart. Photo: supplied

Taralga is renowned for its heritage: its wonderful stone buildings, avenue of poplar trees and rich local history of people and community.

This heritage will be celebrated from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, February 18 with a fair in the grounds of Taralga’s St Luke’s Church, the striking blue stone church on the hill.

The Heritage Fair marks the centenary of the consecration of the three Anglican Churches of the Taralga district: St Luke’s in Taralga, St Mark’s at Golspie and St Matthew’s at Bannaby.  

Although all three churches were built well over a century ago, it was not until February 17 in 1917 that they were consecrated by the Bishop of Goulburn, Bishop Radford. On that day he was driven around the parish in a modern invention, a motor car.

As well as having a diverse range of stalls and car boot sales, the Heritage Fair will feature an abundance of children’s activities including games, novelty races, exploration games and a treasure hunt, with a chest resplendent with golden baubles as a prize.

Rector of the Taralga Parish, Reverend Sallyanne Hart, says the fair will recall country life a century ago.

“We will be running three-legged races, sack races and egg-and-spoon races for the children – and any adults who want a go – and we’re hoping some people will come in period costume,” Rev Hart said.