Bendigo Easter Fair
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About the Bendigo Easter Fair
In 1871 the Golden City launched an Easter Fair to raise money for the Sandhurst Benevolent Asylum and Hospital. Two decades later, Bendigo's Chinese community organised a float with a colossal dragon whose striking, colourful visage has since become an emblem of Australia's longest continually running community festival.
Historic newspapers describe preparations for the festival, including reports from the charities to which the Fair brought considerable income; meetings of the various groups represented at the Fair; and features of the ever-changing program, ranging from traditional entertainments (wood-chopping contests, fireworks, brass band performances) to the more obscure (Journeyman Butchers procession, League of Victorian Wheelmen cycling demonstrations).
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