Straight from the 2012 Rural Women’s Gathering blog…
Did you know that 2012 is the National Year of Reading? Did you know that 2012 is also the National Year of the Farmer? Of course, you did know that 2012 is the 20thanniversary of the NSW Rural Women’s Gatherings and that Parkes will be hosting that Gathering from 12-14 October 2012.
To capitalise on these two National celebrations (Reading and Farming), the Parkes Rural Women’s Gathering has chosen to theme the Gathering on both Reading and Farming.
Reading, as a theme, is now part and parcel of the Parkes profile, having been a local and very popular initiative some years ago, and with annual re-appearances of the famous Reading Bug.
Farming, as a theme, is also highly significant. The heritage of this area is well known throughout the State, and indeed the country, as a major sheep and wheat producer. Many other types of farming have joined those producers since those early days of agriculture in the Shire, and are being successfully conducted.
So, what a wonderful opportunity we have to celebrate these themes at the very appropriate Rural Women’s Gathering. Being the 20th anniversary of the Gatherings, we are expecting some 350-400 visitors to Parkes and the Gathering Committee is very active in planning and pursuing some fabulous ideas for women – local and visiting.
Jessica Rowe is confirmed as a keynote speaker!