• Horseshoes wins new blood

    KEEN: Golden Horseshoes’ committee members Claire Pitcher (left), Christine Cansfield-Smith and Amanda Hausler are encouraging Beechworth volunteers to help them re-work the festival next April. PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

    BEECHWORTH’S Golden Horseshoes Festival is to be revitalised with a willing group of people keen to make sure that what has become a popular event – with its long history – continues as the town’s Easter holiday festival.

    The festival commemorates the 1855 parliamentary election in Beechworth of miner Daniel Cameron, who rode to an election campaign rally in the town on a horse shod with golden shoes.
    The rally took place in front of the Star Theatre.

    Cameron was elected to the Legislative Council in December 1855 and was sworn in as the original Member for Ovens in the state’s Legislative Assembly in March 1856.

    Festival committee fundraising manager Amanda Hausler said that she wanted the festival to continue for the benefit of the community.

    “I work in retail and I see people coming back year after year and loving the wonderful atmosphere and community involvement that it creates,” she said.

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