This year marks 150 years - plus one since Covid-19 halted 2020 plans - since the formation of the Forbes Shire Council and Saturday's Heritage Festival was a chance to to explore a little of how life has been in the years since.
Vintage vehicles and tractors lined Harold Street and Cowra blacksmith Dave Walker demonstrated how he forms tools out of metal.
The Forbes and District Historical Society had all sorts of common household items on display for the kids to marvel over just how the washing and cooking were done.
Roving entertainers from Convict Footprints kept the audience on their toes, calling on members of the audience to help them tell the story of the rise of the Merino sheep in Australia but also keeping things entertaining throughout the day.
There was plenty of interest in posing for photos with the crew in their uniforms and clothing from circa 1837, and the visiting characters shared stories with children of how they came to be in Australia and how life was for them.
The Swamp Dawkins Bush Band kept the music rolling all morning, and had people up and dancing.