Leeton has been abuzz full of anticipation for the Australian Art Deco Festival to be held on July 12 to 14 this year.
It is an opportunity to showcase what Leeton has on offer. The success of the program is attributed to a vision, a passion and a committed team of diverse people.
Yanco Agricultural Institute has been invited to host an event, 'Some Like it Hot High Tea' where people will enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fine food with jazz music by Mostly Blues.
Yanco Agricultural Institute is iconic in our community being established in 1908 and our recreation hall, where the event is being held, is Art Deco designed.
We have a rich and varied history and this hall has been used by the boys attending the Riverina Boys Welfare Farm from 1928 until 1942.
In 1942 to 1947 it was POW Camp 15 housing Italian prisoners of war and many theatrical events were presented by full-time agricultural students after the commencement of Yanco Agricultural College and Research Station.
The site has a great range of conference rooms, commercial kitchen facilities as well as motel style accommodation and bunkhouses.
Yanco Agricultural Institute has played an important role in the development of agriculture in our region and beyond with advisory, research and breeding programs.
Our history includes Ostriches produced for feathers, a breeding program for horses and mules as well as a purebred Jersey dairy herd and stud piggery.
The Italian Prisoners of War provided labour for one of the largest vegetable production units in Australia and in 1944 the farm became Australia's largest producer of vegetable seeds with nationwide distribution for the war effort.
We are so pleased to be a part of the Australian Art Deco Festival that reveals our rich history and highlights our amazing community.