Stawell's push to host Mad Hatters Expo

Discussion will take place next week around developing a festival with a difference for Stawell.

Cherelle Nicholson with some of the hats she has already created.

Cherelle Nicholson with some of the hats she has already created.

Former Eventide Homes employee, Cherelle Nicholson, has developed the concept of organising a 'Hand Mad/e Hatters Expo', which would run over two or three days in Stawell in June next year.

While Eventide management accept the idea is a little quirky, they believe it will succeed in bringing crochet groups, knitters, spinners and weavers and patchwork enthusiasts together. This will result in all types of fascinators and hand made hats, headwear, tea cosies and beanies to the expo.

It is envisaged there will be various sections for those with a creative flair at the expo, including a seniors section and children's section. Entry will be by gold coin donation and there will be market stalls set up each day during the expo.

The actual name of the expo is yet to be determined and will hopefully be discussed at an initial meeting next week. The meeting will take place next Wednesday, June 11 at 1.30pm, at Eventide Homes to discuss all aspects of the expo. An invitation is extended to all to attend next week's initial meeting.

Similar expos are staged each year in Alice Springs and Castlemaine. The Alice Springs Expo is known as the Beanie Festival and the Castlemaine Expo is named Beanie Affair.

Beanie Affair, set up three years ago, is a three day event held in the historic Market Building in Castlemaine. The aim of the Affair is to raise awareness and showcase the expertise of textile artists and their craft. The event also provides an opportunity to meet fellow artisans, be inspired, learn new skills, exhibit and sell.

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