Local pastoral history shines at Spring Heritage Festival

Posted on 02nd October 2019

More than 1,700 visitors flocked to the Woolshed’s four-day Spring Heritage Festival on the weekend to enjoy old-fashioned, country charm and celebrate 160 years of pastoral history.

Jondaryan Woolshed General Manager, Rebecca Pope said the anticipated event was a huge success, with families enjoying the affordable and action-packed program featuring traditional demonstrations, Aussie food and lots of family-friendly fun.

“Our animal nursery was a big hit, with baby animals attracting lots of cuddles from young visitors,” said Ms Pope.

“Volunteers and exhibitors from across the region put on another epic tractor and machinery display, shining the spotlight on our region’s rich pastoral history,” added Ms Pope.

Back by popular demand, reenactors from the Australian Great War Association Queensland put on an impressive and authentic display of memorabilia in the Bullock Arena. Sheep dog trials also made a return with the talented team from Arabanoo Working Kelpie Stud hosting two days of competitions.

“A highlight of the festival was the 100 year celebration of the Woodleigh Cheese Factory. Tom and Pam Dare welcomed visitors, sharing rare memorabilia and heart warming stories about their family’s contribution to the pastoral history of the Darling Downs,” said Ms Pope.

The festival evening program featured a buffet dinner with local singer and songwriter, Amanda Faulker. The event was a big hit, with approximately 150 people packing into the historic Woolshed for the two-course buffet and live music.

“To everyone who attended the Festival, to our volunteers and supporters – thank you. As we remain in the grip of a devastating drought, your support provides a small injection of funds into our museum and regional community.”

“Please continue to support our regional tourism across drought affected communities. We need it more than ever before,” said Ms Pope.

PICTURED // Bailey Brook

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