Skipton prepares for a big birthday bash

THE unveiling of a statue of former Victorian premier Sir Henry Bolte is among the events planned to celebrate this year’s 175th anniversary of Skipton.

Sir Henry spent a large part of his childhood in Skipton and attended the local primary school.

The unveiling of the statue is one of more than 30 events planned for the township’s birthday this year.

The celebrations will kick off at Corangamite Shire’s Australia Day event in Skipton this month and culminate with a huge Melbourne Cup weekend featuring a sculpture exhibition, evening ball, family fun day, vintage car show ’n’ shine and a family bush ballad concert. 

Other events being planned include a vintage swimwear parade, triathlon, garden conference, photographic show, teddy bears’ picnic and multimedia show.

Sheep, a mainstay of the area’s economy, will feature in the celebrations with a family sheep and wool day, including sheep dog trials planned for April. 

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