CELEBRATIONS kick off today to mark 100 years of the township of Cadell.
The town, located along the River Murray, was named after renowned paddle steamer captain Francis Cadell, and was formed through the soldier settlement program, becoming a major fruitgrowing area.
The Cadell Community and Tourist Association will celebrate this milestone with three days of events centred around the town's history and characters that have shaped this river oasis.
Chairman Jason Lukacs said it was exciting to be holding this event.
"There has been a lot of work gone into the preparations and we hope the events will bring many people to, or back to, the town," he said.
"There are three days of fun happening through a variety of people and organisations from Cadell to make it a successful weekend."
Cadell's centennial events will include the Cadell Primary School presenting a history day today, followed by a Centenary dinner at the Cadell Club and a 'Black Powder' event presented by the Cadell Pistol Club on Saturday from 10 am, providing an opportunity for enthusiasts of vintage firearms such as muzzle loaders and flintlocks to show their skills at the local shooting range.
A Gala Dance will be held at the Cadell Institute with a lavish supper and in the township's longstanding tradition, a Picnic Fair will be held on Sunday, with vintage cars and machinery and to take visitors back to the early days, horse and cart rides.
Centennial coordinator Angela Lukacs said they were looking forward to seeing lots of people who had a connection to Cadell attend the variety of family-friendly planned activities, with the Heritage centre to be open across the three days.
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Mid Murray Council mayor Dave Burgess said the town's heart had centred around its community and development of the land.
"Their strength and resilience have been handed down from their veteran forefathers and this was certainly seen in the fight to save their ferry", he said.
"Cadell is an oasis on the river and the Centennial celebrations will certainly showcase the township over the three day event".
- Details: Contact Angela Lukacs on 0484 767 236, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Morgan Visitor Information Office on 08 8540 2643.
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