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FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH… There is plenty to do in Dookie during this year’s Shepparton Festival including a walk to view the Bass Bowl and the Geoglyph that the Tallis family will be creating this weekend. From left, Bass Bowl builders, Keith Gray, John Hommes, Jo McGee, Barry Freer with Grandson Noah on his shoulders, John Head and John Spies. Main photo: Supplied.
FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH… There is plenty to do in Dookie during this year’s Shepparton Festival including a walk to view the Bass Bowl and the Geoglyph that the Tallis family will be creating this weekend. From left, Bass Bowl builders, Keith Gray, John Hommes, Jo McGee, Barry Freer with Grandson Noah on his shoulders, John Head and John Spies. Main photo: Supplied.
FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH… There is plenty to do in Dookie during this year’s Shepparton Festival including a walk to view the Bass Bowl and the Geoglyph that the Tallis family will be creating this weekend. From left, Bass Bowl builders, Keith Gray, John Hommes, Jo McGee, Barry Freer with Grandson Noah on his shoulders, John Head and John Spies. Main photo: Supplied.
FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH… There is plenty to do in Dookie during this year’s Shepparton Festival including a walk to view the Bass Bowl and the Geoglyph that the Tallis family will be creating this weekend. From left, Bass Bowl builders, Keith Gray, John Hommes, Jo McGee, Barry Freer with Grandson Noah on his shoulders, John Head and John Spies. Main photo: Supplied.

Shepparton Festival tickets available now

PREPARATIONS are well under way for the commencement of the enormous and exciting 2019 Shepparton Festival. Next week from March 15, the Goulburn Valley will come alive with three weeks of arts, culture, food and community.

Following a stacked set of events last year, this year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever before, with 60 events planned over 17 days. Throughout the festival there will be a wide range of entertainment and creativity available for the whole family, including sculpting, painting, food events, theatre, live music, talks and so much more.

The theme for this year’s event is Story Bowl and is a celebration of rich multiculturalism of the Goulburn Valley, while toying with the ‘food bowl’ title of this rich agricultural region.

One of the many pieces in direct conversation with this theme is the enormous Bass Bowl sculpture set up at the end of the ‘Rock Correa Walking Track’, on the summit of the ‘Pretty Sally’ hill next to Tallis Wine.

Artist and Shepparton Festival life member, John Head said, “The structure represents a combination of natural materials constructed in the shape of a bass clef, a musical instruction to deepen the tone of a song.”

The sculpture is designed by John Head and built by John Head and members of the GOATS bike club. Visitors can either view the structure from the Tallis Wine cellar door or up close and personal by walking along the track to the summit of the hill.

While you are out at Tallis Wine, it is worth also checking out the enormous Yorta Yorta Turtle Geoglyph, returning to Shepparton for the first time since 2013.

The Bass Bowl sculpture and the Yorta Yorta Turtle Geoglyph are free events, accessible Tuesday to Thursday from 11am – 3pm and Friday to Sunday 11am – 4pm and will be closed Monday’s and public holidays.

Many of the events taking place as part of the Shepparton Festival program require tickets and some tend to sell out quite quickly. Be sure to secure tickets to all the events you wish to attend by visiting www.sheppartonfestival.org.au or by grabbing the booklet from The Adviser offices, SAM, Riverlinks, Greater Shepparton Information Centre and other participating sponsors.