Join in the fun at the Chill Out Festival

ENTERTAINMENT: More than 100 market stalls are expected to line the streets with items such as ice creams, hats, clothes, CDs, DVDs and craft.

ENTERTAINMENT: More than 100 market stalls are expected to line the streets with items such as ice creams, hats, clothes, CDs, DVDs and craft.

The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host the annual Chill Out Festival this Saturday, July 22.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Bluegrass, Beer and BBQ’ and will be headlined by attractions such as a smoked barbecue demonstration and a beard competition. 

The beard competition will be judged over three categories: longest beard, most colourful beard and best moustache.

The competition is a fundraising event where all proceeds are donated to both the Gloucester Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer support groups.

More than 100 market stalls are expected to line the streets with items such as ice creams, hats, clothes, CDs, DVDs and craft for sale.

The Headwarmer Challenge will make a return, with participants set to create either a hat, cap or beanie in the spirit of the Chill Out Festival. 

The categories are The Aussie Travellers, Sung as a Bug and Make it Fun with Odds and Ends. 

A thrilling billy cart derby is also expected to be a major attraction on the day. 

The Tin Hare heritage train will make a triumphant return. 

A huge hit with visitors both young and old, be quick to book your tickets with the Visitor Information Centre.

Phone 6538 5252 as they will sell quickly. 

Often referred to as "Tin Hares", these vehicles were first placed into service in December 1923.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $7 for children or $40 for a family ticket; children under three years free (no seat).

For the adults, some of the best local wines and beers will be available to sample.

Faull’s Ridge wines, Old Inn Road Vineyard, Block and Tackle Brewery and Dusty Miner Craft Brewery will provide the beverages in a specialised area within the confines of the festival. 

MidCoast Council recently lifted an alcohol free zone to allow wine and beer tasting to take place at the festival. 

The Chill Out Festival is set to run between 9am and 3pm. 

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