Uncle Herb Patten was a favourite for onlookers during last year's Kilmore Regional Busking Championships. Buskers are set to return to Sydney Street on Saturday, as part of a big weekend in Kilmore, with the art expo also set to attract visitors to the town.

By Max Davies

The Kilmore Regional Busking Championships returns on Saturday, with interest from the community setting the stage for another successful event.

The annual event play host to a plethora of buskers performing all the way along Sydney Street from the Kilmore Memorial Hall, with six to eight performers at any given time.

The championships are part of a busy weekend for the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, with the Kilmore Art Show also on 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday at Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall.

Busking championships organiser Rose King said the championships were an opportunity to showcase local and visiting performers to the community.

“I think it’s very open to everyone, everyone can have a go and there’s just great variety,” she said.

“We see this as a really great opportunity for aspiring performers to come and perform in public and experience what it’s like.”

The competition forms part of the Australian National Busking Championships, a group that started as a small grassroots event in New South Wales, NSW, and now supports other busking championships throughout Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Winners of each regional championship will go on to compete at the nationals, held in Cooma, NSW, in November.

Ms King said interest in the 2022 championships had been encouraging.

“Entries are tracking very well, they’re going a lot faster now than they have been in previous years,” she said.

Entries have been open to three age categories, five to 12, 13 to 18 and adult open, with more than $8000 available in cash prizes. All types of performers are welcome, including school groups, choirs and dancers.

The Kilmore championships will begin with a bagpipe performance at 9.30am at Kilmore Memorial Hall, with busking starting at 10am and running for most of the day.

A finals concert will then be from 4-6pm at Kilmore Racecourse on the same day to determine the winners.

Members of the community are welcome to walk along Sydney Street and enjoy the performances. People are able to purchase a busking vote for $1, enabling them to vote for their favourite performers and help their chances of going to Cooma.

For more information and to register as a performer, visit www.facebook.com/BuskingKilmore or call Ms King on 0458 810 345.