Australia Day in Forbes: what's on

Australia Day Picnic in the Park.
Australia Day Picnic in the Park.

Get your bake on: Forbes CWA is hosting the damper competition again on Sunday.

Whether you make yours from just flour and water or add cheese and bacon, swear by the camp oven or pop it in the oven, this is your chance to put your version of this traditional favourite to the test.

There are two community categories this year, for the best in the open and the junior (under 14s) and you need to get your entries to the CWA tent at the park on Sunday afternoon.

The clubs' challenge between the CWA and Lions is on again and members are urged to get their entries in.

Dampers will be sold at the event as a fundraiser.

CWA's Anne Reade, Jan Ridley, Robyn Pols and Zelma Grayson are ready to get baking for this year's Australia Day damper competition.

CWA's Anne Reade, Jan Ridley, Robyn Pols and Zelma Grayson are ready to get baking for this year's Australia Day damper competition.

Australia Day activities begin at Lions Park at 7am with the traditional community breakfast and presentation of the annual Rotary ambassador awards.

There will be addresses from Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller and Australia Day ambassador Bob Fitzgerald and music from the Forbes Town Band.

The free community breakfast is hosted by Forbes Shire Council and Forbes Rotary Club from 7am at Lions Park.

Rotarians cooking up a storm at the 2019 community breakfast.

Rotarians cooking up a storm at the 2019 community breakfast.

The Diggers' family swim is not on this year, you can catch up with them at the Pup Cup later in the season.

Town activities resume late afternoon with the return of the Australia Day parade, brought back in response to community demand.

Participants are asked to gather in Cross Street, with the parade to progress down Lachlan Street at 6pm.

Floats will progress across the bridge and be able to park at Spooners Oval, for anyone who would like a closer look.

Lions Park is the venue for the evening's community event, with formalities under way by 7pm and everyone encouraged to come down for the evening.

It's the annual family Picnic in the Park event, with live music and food vans.

Local Australia Day honours will be revealed, with the naming of our Citizen of the Year, Junior and Senior honours.

The evening is also your opportunity to hear from our Australia Day Ambassador Bob Fitzgerald and our Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM.

The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display to commence at 9.30pm - pet owners are urged to ensure their pets are safe and secure.

The RSPCA has some detailed tips for caring for your pets during fireworks online in their knowledge base.