Top talent is set to be on show later this month, when the Bathurst Eisteddfod returns for another year.
Starting on August 25 and running from each day until September 14, this year’s eisteddfod will be the 73rd edition of the event.
With performances in speech, music and dance, the schedule is expected to be jammed packed with talent from Bathurst and right across the Central West.
And with so much happening across the 20-day event, plenty of volunteers will be needed to make sure it runs smoothly.
There is a strong contingent of volunteers already signed-up but Bathurst Eisteddfod president and dance coordinator Ros King said the event can never say no to more volunteers.
“We had a good response with people wanting to put their name down [to volunteer] again or first timers,” she said.
“We could always do with more. We never turn anyone away, so we’re still looking for more volunteers.”
People are not required to volunteer for the entire 20 days and can help out when they can.
“Even if it’s just for a session, which is for only for three hours, it’s very much appreciated,” Ms King said.
“If people want to open and close doors, talk back stage or help with announcing, we’ve got a need for that.”
Entries closed for the eisteddfod back in June but Ms King described the enrollment numbers as fantastic.
“We’ve been very popular with dance music and speech, across the three disciplines,” she said.
“While we may not have quite as many as last year, it’s still up from previous years.
“We’re looking forward to everyone coming along to support us. Come and you’ll see some excellent talent.”
Entries have been received from not just Bathurst but across the Central West, to the Central Coast, Sydney and even Canberra.
Over 4500 individual performances over 20 days have been locked in.
Ms King is hoping that the program for this year’s eisteddfod will be out by the end of this week.
Ms King also wanted to thank the event’s sponsors – Barlow Property Services and McDonald’s Bathurst.
For more information, visit the Bathurst Eisteddfod’s Facebook page.