It’s not unusual to see animals on show at the Mudgee Field Days, each winter at the Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC), but these creatures look very bright.

The array of LED African-themed animal sculptures will be migrating around rural parts of the country, expecting to attract a lot of ‘wows’ from spectators, and are set to do the same at the AREC in Mudgee this month.

These, amongst other fluorescent, lit up gems, will make their rounds at the town’s first festival of lights – as Mudgee gets its glow on.

Cassandra Stanford from the AREC was optimistic about the event, after the uncertainty of the year just gone.

“It seems everyone is keen to get out and about,” she told the Mudgee Phoenix.

“Recent events have had excellent crowds, so it’s looking positive for the event industry.”

On top of the animal figures, there will be market stalls, kids’ amusements, music and street food – think burgers, ribs, woodfire pizza, loaded hot dogs and desserts like deep fried Oreos. Roving performers with LED hula-hoops, and magic tricks will make appearances, and a light show is expected to be a crowd pleaser at the end of the evening.

Prizes for the best glow in the dark outfits will stir the competitive spirits - just make yourself known to event organisers. Glow in the dark merchandise, and souvenirs will be available, such as LED glasses, headbands and more.

The festival of lights emits its vivid colour in Mudgee on Saturday 12th June, from 4:30 - 8:30pm.

Visit their Facebook page: Mudgee ‘Gets Its Glow On’, to purchase tickets, and for more information. If you wish to have a market or food stall at the show, please pm the planners via their Facebook page.

Just another reason to not only get out of the house, but to stir local business confidence, and celebrate freedoms many of us took for granted in years past.

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