Apron Competition Entries now OPEN!

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Have you been busy making an apron to enter in our competition? Aprons, forms & fees can be delivered to the Ballarat Information Centre – 43 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat from today (Thursday 19 March to Thursday 23 April).

Alternatively aprons can be posted to:
Ballarat Apron Festival
PO Box 1019
Bakery Hill
Ballarat VIC 3354

Last year we received entries from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia – so don’t let being interstate stop you from having a go!

Competition Form is now available!

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Very exciting news alert! The Ballarat Apron Festival competition form is now available for all apron lovers interested in making an apron for the next Apron Festival – 9 & 10 May 2015. The competition categories and sponsors are as follows:

1. Prettiest baking apron – Sponsored by Vegas & Rose – Prize $100 voucher
2. Best use of colour – Sponsored by The Crafty Squirrel – Prize $100 voucher
3. Vintage/Heritage style – Sponsored by Divine Vintage – Prize $100 voucher
4. Use of sustainable practices – Sponsored by De’bee signature balms – Prize $100 voucher
5. Wearable Art Apron – Sponsored by Ballarat Heritage Weekend / Ballarat Council – Prize Voucher for high tea for 2 at Craig’s Royal Hotel
6. Primary school student – Sponsored by Spotlight – 1st prize – $50 voucher, 2nd prize – $25 voucher & 3rd prize – $15 voucher
7. Secondary school student – Sponsored by Spotlight – 1st prize – $75 voucher, 2nd prize – $50 voucher & 3rd prize – $30 voucher

We look forward to seeing your marvelous creations!

2014 Apron Competition Winners!

Prettiest Baking Apron 2014 (Small)Best use of colour apron 2014 (Small)Best use of sustainable practices 2014  (Small)Best Vintage Heritage style apron 2014 (Small)Best Primary School Apron 2014 (Small)Best Secondary School Apron 2014 (Small)Best pocket apron 2014 (Small)Best in show apron 2014 (Small)Best Embroidered Apron 2014 (Small)Best Patchwork apron 2014 (Small)The inaugural Ballarat Apron Festival was a huge success! Yay to all the volunteers who worked hard to bring the event together – it was a fabulous effort. Many thanks too to everyone who made an apron for the competition and to our generous sponsors who provided prizes for each category. We had 169 entries across 10 categories with the winners and highly commended as follows:

Prettiest Baking Apron – Sponsored by Cake Bakeshop
Winner – Beverly Ferguson Highly Commended – Jeannie King

Best apron featuring an animal – Sponsored by Antiques, Goods & Chattels
Winner – Lizzie Tongway Highly Commended – Judy Smyth

Best patchwork apron – Sponsored by Millrose Cottage
Winner – Debbie Edmonds Highly Commended – Gina Wilson

Best use of colour – Sponsored by The Crafty Squirrel
Winner – Stephanie Morris Highly Commended – Teresa Hayes

Best pocket – Sponsored by Country Women’s Association
Winner – Julie Caldwell Highly Commended – Helen Wiseman

Best embroidery, fancy work – Sponsored by Ballarat Embroiderers Guild
Winner – Debbie Edmonds Highly Commended – Elizabeth Cocks

Vintage/Heritage style – Sponsored by Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Winner – Catherine Thomas Highly Commended – Maree Kirby

Use of sustainable practices – Sponsored by Smart Living Ballarat
Winner – Ros Deagan Highly Commended – Cheryl Kennedy

Primary school – Sponsored by Spotlight
Winner – Sayla Wislang Highly Commended – Harrison Morton

Secondary school student – Sponsored by Spotlight
Winner – Sophie Rex Highly Commended – Isabel Unwin

Best overall apron – Sponsored by Ballarat City Council
Winner – Carolyn Slater

N.B Photos shown above is of each winning apron with the judging sponsor of the category. Unfortunately we do not have a photo of the Best apron featuring an animal.

Sneak peek!

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A little sneak peek! The inaugural Ballarat Apron Festival opens tomorrow! We would love for you to come along and join in the celebration of all things apron! We are open (10 & 11 May) on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at St Patrick’s Hall, Cnr Sturt & Dawson Street, Ballarat.

Get your apron entries in now!

betsyJust a little reminder everyone that the last day for submitting apron entries for our competition is this Friday – 25 April.

Unfortunately our two Ballarat drop off points – the Smart Living Centre in Lydiard Street and Cake Bakeshop in Main Road will be closed – however one of our sponsors The Crafty Squirrel on the corner of Errard & Urquhart Streets will be open from 10am to 5pm if you would like to drop it off there.

Alternatively entries may be posted on Friday to reach our post box by Monday 28 April. Thanks everyone! We have had some fabulous entries!

Inaugural Ballarat Apron Festival

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Calling all apron wearers and collectors!

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Do you have a collection of aprons in your bottom draw, or an apron that has a special story?

It might be the apron made by your mother, or one that is part of your traditional dress, or used in your family’s grocery store. We want to hear from you for the very first Ballarat Apron Festival.

The Apron Festival will be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Dawson Street South, on 10 and 11 May 2014 as part of the Ballarat Heritage weekend. It is a community festival run by a committee of volunteers.

We are looking for aprons, and apron collectors, to feature in our display. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Who made Ballarat?’, so we’d really love to feature aprons with a connection to the story of Ballarat. It doesn’t have to be a pretty apron, or in the best condition.

We would love to hear from you, and hear the story behind your apron.

As well as having aprons on display in St Patrick’s Hall, we will also be holding two apron parades in the Mining Exchange at 11.45 each day. We are looking for people to model their own aprons in the parade. The parade will last for 15 minutes, doesn’t require any modelling experience, and should be a fun way of showcasing your apron.

Contact Heather, 0457275690, if you think you have an apron, or two, or three, or would like to be in the parade.

Calling for Aprons with a story…

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Do you have an apron stashed away in your cupboard (or collection) that has a story attached to it? Perhaps your Great Grandfather wore it whilst working in his general store or your Mum made it when she was at school? We would love to hear from you – as this years Apron Festival will showcase the stories behind the garments and the inner workings of why apron collectors – can’t help collecting!

Please feel free to email us at – ballaratapronfestival@outlook.com

Here we are popping up at the recent Vintage-A-Fair in Ballarat

Apron Festival display at the Vintage Affair (Small)

Let the apron making begin!

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We are very pleased to announce that the Ballarat Apron Festival Registration Kit is now available for download on our website. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with for your entries! There are prizes for each category and the opportunity to sell your aprons if you want to. Happy sewing everyone!