Junee Rhythm 'n' Rail Festival!
The annual Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival is a great way to discover everything Junee has to offer. Getting sidetracked for a few days has never been so much fun with Steam Train Shuttles, excellent food, wine, music and more at the Junee festival.
The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival is one of the town’s biggest tourist attractions. Junee has a long and important rail heritage (including the early NSWGR days), which is celebrated during this three-day event. Enjoy the local produce and talent while getting sidetracked left, right and centre by a host of activities. This Junee Festival is good ole fashioned fun!
Junee festival hits funding hat trick!The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival has again been recognised at state level, receiving Regional Flagship Events Funding from Destination NSW for the third year in a row.Thanks to the funding program, the Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival committee now has an additional $10,000 to support its marketing efforts, allowing it to promote the festival further afield and draw more visitors into Junee Shire.2015 Chairperson, Neil Smith said receiving the funding is fantastic recognition for Junee and the festival.“The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival has continued to grow year on year, with the 2014 event attracting around 5,000 people,” he said.“The funding received from Destination NSW has a huge impact on the way we can promote the event, allowing us to run promotions in larger regional areas and interstate as a means of attracting more visitors to the area. This is not only great for the festival, but has flow on effects for the whole region and the tourism industry.”“When visitors come to the festival, they spend money locally, on accommodation, food, petrol, gifts – even down to buying the local newspaper or visiting the pharmacy. It also gets people experiencing what the region has to offer, and then they go home and tell their friends, or plan a return visit at another time. The benefits are huge!” he said.It has been an exciting year for the Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival, taking out Gold in the Community Festivals and Events category at the Inland Tourism Awards, and going on to contest the category at state level.The 2015 festival is being held on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 March. The program and ticket sales for selected events will be online early in the new year at www.rhythmnrail.com.au
Broadway, the Home of the 2015 Junee Rhythm 'n' Rail Festival
The Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival is on again, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2015.
This year's program has something for everyone. Rail enthusiasts can ride the Historic Tin Hare Shuttles, check out the Model Railway Exhibition, and see Junee from a different angle on the Leeton Lions Train. Live music and entertainment is aplenty with an action packed program featuring Polar Groove Club, Royal Orleans, Jack Thompson, Jess Crossman and more on the Main Stage.
It'll be a feast for the eyes with the Junee Motor Club Show & Shine and Motorcycle Display, as well as the "You, me and Junee!" Photographic Exhibition. Shop for handmade local products at the Rhythm 'n' Rail Markets, let the kids loose in the Kids Zone, and stop for a bite to eat in Broadway.
2015 Chairperson, Neil Smith said the town is excited to see an even bigger crowd than previous years, as the Festival grows and awareness outside of the region strengthens.
“After great consideration and consultation with both Junee Shire Council, Junee Business and Trades and our major sponsors, the committee has made some pivotal changes this year to ensure the festival is financially stable and able to deliver a high quality visitor experience to our patrons,” he said.
Neil went on to say that “Following the success of the recent Christmas on Broadway event, the festival committee has decided that Broadway is the ideal location for the 2015 Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival. This new festival hub will feature a fantastic program of live entertainment and activities for the whole family between 10.00am and 8.00pm on Saturday 7th March.”
“Tickets to access this festival precinct can be purchased on the day with $10 entry price for adults. We will also have $5 children’s wristbands available, which will provide the kids with unlimited access to the amusements throughout the day. There will also be a family pass available for $25. Great value for families! On Sunday 8th March, entry to the festival precinct will be free of charge so that visitors have the opportunity to browse the markets at no cost," Neil said.
The festival will continue on Sunday with Junee’s attractions and eateries prepared to host the crowds for the day.
Junee Rhythm n Rail named BEST community event in Inland NSW
The Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival was named the best community festival in Inland New South Wales at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony, which was held in Griffith on Saturday evening.
The NSW Trainlink Inland NSW Tourism Awards are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina. The Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival Committee is absolutely thrilled to have been awarded gold in the Community Festivals and Events category.
‘The Junee Rhythm n Rail volunteer committee has worked hard over the past four years to make the Festival a fantastic experience for visitors, and to help put Junee on the map. To be acknowledged and awarded gold is such an honor and a privilege. We couldn't be happier!’ – Festival Chairman, Neil Smith.
‘The competition was strong, with Boggabri Drivers Campfire and Wagga’s Regenerate Youth Festival also named finalists, but we did it! It just goes to show how rewarding hard work can be. We encourage everyone to join us in March 2015, and get sidetracked in Junee!’ Added Mr Smith.
The Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival was created by the community, is run by the community, showcases the community and most importantly, celebrates the community! Every March the Junee community comes together to deliver a Festival that has helped put their beloved town on the tourism map. The Festival wouldn't be the success it is today without the ongoing support from local stakeholders, platinum partner Qube Logistics, support from Destination New South Wales, the festivals fantastic sponsors, dedicated volunteers, passionate committee and of course the patrons who attend!
‘It is a privilege to step up for this good cause, and the Festival in Junee is building nicely due to all that is on show and available to ride!’ – Festival Patron Mr Tim Fischer AC.
The Junee Rhythm n Rail Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the Inland Tourism Awards Board for the great work that they do in acknowledging tourism in inland NSW.