20 August 2023

Riverina town to attempt Guinness World Record

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The West Wyalong community is attempting to break a Guinness World Record with more than 270 participants panning for gold simultaneously. Photo: Supplied.

The community of West Wyalong will attempt to break a world record at this year’s Hearts of Gold Festival.

The festival celebrates the town’s gold mining history and its rich agriculture.

It will run from 13 to 15 October, during which the Evolution Mining Hearts of Gold world record attempt will occur.

On Saturday, 14 October more than 270 participants are set to pan for gold simultaneously in the heart of West Wyalong in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

An official Guinness World Record adjudicator will be present on the day to monitor the event.

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Bland Shire Council said participants must register and adhere to the strict guidelines during the attempt to ensure its success.

Along with the record-breaking attempt, there will be several other events and attractions throughout the festival weekend.

Visitors can look forward to one of the first drone shows in regional NSW on the Friday at the ‘Family Fun Night’.

The evening will include kids’ rides, food trucks and a performance by the Mighty Yak and Ben O’Kane.

On the Saturday visitors can look forward to ‘Brunch and Browse the Heart’ on the main street, with markets, children’s entertainment, local performers and roving performers.

West Wyalong's Hearts of Gold Festival

West Wyalong’s Hearts of Gold Festival will run from 13 to 15 October with a number of events and attractions for visitors. Photo: Bland Shire Council.

On Saturday night there will be a formal ‘Golden Gala’ event at the Regal Estate, West Wyalong. The gala is an exclusive special and formal event with delicious food and drinks at the winery.

On Sunday morning there will be the West Wyalong Garden Club’s garden tours and fashion parade.

The festival will conclude on the Sunday afternoon with a community colour run and the proceeds will go to charity.

Bland Shire Council said Australian television presenter and filmmaker Greg Grainger would be in West Wyalong to film the festival weekend for an upcoming program.

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The Family Fun Night will be held at the Ron Crowe Oval from 5 to 11 pm. The drone show will be from 9 to 9:30 pm.

Attendees are required to purchase tickets for the Golden Gala event and West Wyalong Club’s garden tours and fashion parade. Visit Bland Shire Council for more details.

To register, visit Evolution Mining’s Facebook page, the West Wyalong Hearts of Gold Festival’s Facebook page or the Bland Shire Council website.

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