OPINION: Parade takes a lighter look at life in Bathurst and surrounds

IF you still haven’t checked out Bathurst’s Autumn Colours program, there are a host of activities happening this weekend.

SNAPSHOT: Tabby Fuller took this atmospheric shot at Raglan this week as the storm clouds rolled in.

SNAPSHOT: Tabby Fuller took this atmospheric shot at Raglan this week as the storm clouds rolled in.

It doesn’t matter whether you love food and wine, getting outdoors, heritage or family fun, this year’s program has you covered.

While there were a few initial grumbles from some that the program had moved to an online-only format, there’s still a lot to see and do.

Holy Trinity Autumn Fete is on this Saturday from 9am-1pm, offering a cake stall, white elephant stall, books, seasonal produce, light refreshments and barbecue.

Also on Saturday, take a tour of “Hereford”, the home designed by renowned architect Edward Gell and built for James Rutherford, of Cobb and Co, in 1880.

As well, the always-popular Scots School Highland Gathering is on from 10am-4pm this Sunday, offering a host of fun, family activities.

Visit www.autumncolours.com.au to find out more about everything going on during the Autumn Colours festival.

Get the message with clever kids

FIRE and Rescue NSW is calling on young artists to use their creativity to help promote fire safety, while having the chance to win prizes in the process.

The Brigade Kids Champion Competition encourages children from kindergarten to year two in NSW to create a poster that promotes one of the three essential fire safety messages: practice your escape plan and have a safe meeting place; get down low and go, go, go; and call triple-0 in the case of a fire.

The competition will run until April 23 and prizes will include Xbox Minecraft bundles.

Submit entries at www.brigadekids.com

Red alert: the rally is back

FINALLY, save the date (if your hair colour is correct) for the Ginger Pride Rally next month.

The inaugural rally last year was so successful, according to the press release Parade saw this year, that the rally will return to the streets for a show of redhead pride.

There’s only one complication for locals who want to attend: it will be held in Melbourne.