Stars of Sandstone 2015 – announces Public Day Saturday, 11th April
The Sandstone team is pleased to announce that it will be holding a special Public Day in association with the Armour Museum of Bloemfontein on 11 April during the world-renowned annual Stars of Sandstone event in the Eastern Free-State on the Lesotho border near Ficksburg, which takes place from 2-13 April 2015.
The Sandstone Heritage Trust, which has the largest collection of narrow gauge locomotives in the world and one of the most impressive South African designed Military vehicle collections, holds an annual event that is booked months in advance.
However, after consultation with the Armour Museum in Bloemfontein, which participates in a number of Sandstone events for the benefit of the public and for specialist interest groups, it was agreed the programme be expanded to allow members of the public to attend for one day. Most visitors register online to attend or participate in the event, utilising the on-site camping facilities and accommodation at the nearby towns, such as Clarence and Ficksburg.
There will be continuous 2-ft narrow gauge train rides on the Open Day. In addition, the Sandstone team will be running Military convoys which members of the public will be able to participate in by riding in Armoured Personnel Carriers like Casspirs, Ratels, and other vehicles.
Visitors can also enjoy the sights and sounds of vintage agricultural machinery, vintage aircraft as well as take a ride in a Voortrekker wagon hauled by Sandstone’s span of Afrikaner oxen. There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
Entrance on 11 April is R75.00 incl VAT for adults and R25.00 incl VAT for children under 12. Food and refreshments will be on sale.
While booking is not essential it is recommend people advise Sandstone of their intention to spend the day at the event. Payment can either be made in advance or on the day at the gate.
A detailed programme of the day’s events is available on the Sandstone website.
The spectacular Sandstone Estates near Ficksburg in the Eastern Free-State bordering Lesotho is recognised internationally for its celebration of the myriad steam-driven vehicles and machines that have been restored to pristine condition by Wilfred Mole and his team, to pay homage to the origins of transportation from days gone by.
All the drivers of the steam and heritage vehicles are involved on a voluntary basis, travelling from across the globe to celebrate the romance and fun of a special era and the directors urge visitors, drivers and firemen to register early to attend and participate in these sought-after activities.
Vintage aeroplanes, military vehicles, trek oxen, old tractors, steam lorries, traction engines, locomotives, old buses and cars will take centre stage, whilst old tractors and other agricultural relics in mint condition will be exhibited at the 2015 festival. A few surprises are in store to increase the daily fun level of the Festival, with the backdrop of the majestic Maloti Mountains of the Lesotho Highlands nearby.
An automated registration form can be found at: