Tasmania’s Pristine South 2019 | Page 65 Christmas parades and events: Throughout December Parades of Christmas floats and Carols by Candle light events are held in various locations around the Kingborough and Huon areas. Check out the local newspapers for further information. December Huon Agricultural Society’s Huon Show: Early November Held at the Ranelagh recreation grounds, just five minutes out of Huonville, the Huon Show is a true country-style show. Entertainment includes wood- chopping, rides, petting zoo with farm animals, show ambassador competitions and a true sense of country pride and spirit. The community’s craft and produce are also on show. The Huon Show is a highlight of the social calendar for locals and visitors to the area alike. November Halloween: Late October Halloween celebrations will be taking place in Franklin and Geeveston. Dress up and join in the trick-or-treat fun as hundreds of children and adults converge on the historic townships for an evening of spooky fun. Everyone is invited to come along and join in. Check the Huon News for the details. October Oliebollen Festival: Second Saturday in September Held every year, this festival is a delight for locals and visitors to the area. The event attracts thousands and is a fun filled day with stalls, rides and activities for all the family. This festival is a celebration of the Calvin Christian School community and is more than a mere school fair. The event is held at Calvin Christian School in Kingston. September Events u April Handmade in Cygnet: April 21 and 22 Handmade in Cygnet is an open art studio trail where around 40 artists and makers fling open the doors of their studios and workshops giving members of the public an opportunity to view and chat about their work, art practice and creative lives. Visit www. handmadeincygnet.com for an interactive map trail and information about the artists. Port Esperance Regatta Dover: Easter weekend. This is a fun event for all the family to enjoy. Held at Dover, the regatta provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Far South and enjoy the sights at the same time. Anzac Day: April 25 Dawn and morning services are held in a number of locations around the Huon, Channel and Kingborough areas. Visitors are welcome to attend and are asked to contact local groups to find out further information. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest: Mid-month Dust off your tatters, top hats and pagan worshipping finery for the blazing Mid-Winter Fest at Willie Smith’s. If you haven’t sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight lately, head to the Huon Valley to celebrate the region’s apple picking history and join in the ages-old tradition of wassailing – basically scaring nasties out of the orchards’ cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop. And of course there are various artists and entertainers throughout the festival which is full of food and drinks as well. For more information, visit huon valleymidwinterfest.com.au July September Pipe Opener Series and the Cock of the Huon The Pipe Opener Series marks the start of the summer yachting season in southern Tasmania. It begins with a night sail through the D’Entrecas- teaux Channel from the Derwent Sailing Squadron Hobart to Gordon. Then some carry on up-river to the Kermandie Marina at Port Huon to prepare for the Huon Yacht Club’s traditional Cock of the Huon event. For more information, visit huon yachtclub.org Families dress up and enjoy Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest - photography by Huon News .