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Annual Events 
Mortlake Buskers Festival  
Around 20,000 in attendance.
Buskers competition cash and prizes.
Street performers. 
Dog jump competition. 
Evening concert 
Victorian show Jumping Spectacular. 
Wandering buskers. 
Children's entertainment.
This picturesque rural town plays host to one of the regions major festivals - the Mortlake Buskers Festival- on the first Saturday of each year. The community of under 1000 people welcomes up to 200 individual buskers who compete for $10,000 in prizes, cash and recording contracts.
Buskers from all over Australia sing, mime, play, juggle and dance for the 20,000 visitors on the Saturday. Busking is not the only entertainment on the Saturday. The main street comes alive between 9 am and 5 pm with 200 market stalls, displays and activities with many bargains being assured. Add to this the show jumping, criterion bike racing, children's entertainment, side show rides, camels, horses and much more this festival guarantees a great family outing.
For Busking, stalls or general information call in at the Busker Office, 108 Dunlop Street Mortlake, or Phone (03) 5599 2616.

Woorndoo Craft and Fun Fair

Held on Sunday the 10th of October this year at the Woorndoo Hall. Current plans for the event include a Beaut Ute competition, craft stalls from all over the state, and a German theme for the entire fair. Proceeds from the fair go to the general upkeep and ongoing use of the Woorndoo Hall. A great day for one and all. 
For information please contact the Mortlake Visitor Information Centre on (03) 5599 2899.
Beatson & Beatson Memorial Sheepdog Trials
The Sheepdog trials started in 1941 as the Cooper Memorial Sheepdog Trial, and continued under this name until 1982 it became the Beatson & Beatson Memorial Sheepdog Trials. In 1994 the trials were first held at the Mortlake Racecourse on Connewarren Lane, which is where it has been held ever since. This years trials will be held from Thursday the 13th of May through to Sunday the 16th of May. Once again a great time for the whole family.
St James' Rose Show
Held this year on the 9th of November at the St James Anglican Church in Shaw St, Mortlake, the Rose Show is this year celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The competition is open to a wide variety of roses, which means that if it's a rose then there's a category for it. The Rose Show is also features other categories for other garden flowers. All winners receive a trophy and there is no charge to enter the competition. The day also includes craft display and lunch is available. All proceeds for the day go to a worthy cause.
Mortlake Motor Bike Scramble
The Mortlake Motor Bike Scramble is held on the Sunday of the June long weekend every year, to the north of the town on the Ararat Road. Riders come from all over the state to compete in this event for classic pre 1975 motorcycles. The scramble is open to both solos and those with side cars, and is fully catered for by local community groups. Any excess funds are given back to the community. Well worth seeing.
Mortlake College Car Rally
Still in its inaugural year, this car rally & treasure hunt is shaping up to be a real winner. The fun starts at 6:30 pm on Friday, the 30th of April in Mortlake. The event is for a good cause, all proceeds going into the upkeep of Mortlake College. 
For further information please contact the 
Mortlake Visitor Information Centre on (03) 5599 2899.
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