I need a new hobby. I’m thinking I might learn to ride one of these contraptions, and enter the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale Village next year. Bet you’d like to see that!
Penny Farthing Fair
photos by Benita Bell
Okay, so perhaps I’ll stick to walking. The Penny Farthing Fair hosted by Evandale village in northern Tasmania each year attracts some pretty die-hard cyclists. To be honest, the way they lean into the corners is scary!
The Evandale Village Fair (combined with the National Penny Farthing Championships) was one of the first events we ever covered for Think Tasmania. We haven’t been for a couple of years now, but these photos from the lens of Benita Bell have us noting our diary for February next year.
The grand parade features loads of fun, interesting and quirky entrants. There’s much to amuse the crowd, regardless of age.
Slight Change of Plans
We had planned to continue our series about Queenstown today, but that particular article is on ice, just for a moment. We couldn’t resist publishing Benita’s photos from the Penny Farthing Fair, which was held Saturday February 21 in Evandale.
The official website describes the 33rd Annual Penny Farthing Fair as such…
The wheels of time turn back over a hundred years as the peaceful village of Evandale in northern Tasmania once again plays host to the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships. The Evandale Village Fair is held annually in February, and features a full program of Penny Farthing bicycle racing featuring the National Penny Farthing Championship. Started in 1983 the Evandale Penny Farthing races attract enthusiasts from across Australia and around the world. Accompanying the Penny Farthings races are a country fair and period themed festival.
Visit that website for lots more information. You can follow the Evandale Village Fair & National Penny Farthing Championships via Facebook if you’ve been inspired to visit next year too.
Think Tasmania: All Over The Place
Our photographers are doing a great job covering Tasmania’s festival scene, especially in the north of the state. Only last week we published photos from Festivale thanks to Benita Bell and her mentor Dan Fellow. We actually have many more articles in the pipeline featuring images from these two champions, as well as regular photographic contributor David Lamplough. Way to go guys!
If you’re keen to visit Evandale in its usual “peaceful” state, don’t overlook the Evandale Sunday Market. It’s a ripper! There’s also the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company nearby if you need a few delicious supplies. The Ingleside Bakery in the main street does a good feed; and you can always pop over to Clarendon House for a look-see as well. You’ll be busy!
Benita Bell lives in Railton and owns Daydream Photography. For more information about Benita’s work, visit Daydream Photography online or follow Daydream Photography via Facebook. Alternatively, you can phone 0497 655 034 and speak with Benita personally.
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