Around 1200 people came together at the weekend to celebrate Australia’s pioneering past with traditional fashion, food and entertainment at the Historic Village Herberton’s 10th annual
Pioneer Weekend (May 4-5). Revelers were treated first hand to life at the turn of the century with engine demonstrations, woodcarving, whip cracking, vintage cars, wood chopping, children’s games, animal petting zoo, pony rides, train rides and more.
The Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the crowds return each year to Pioneer Weekend. “People just love the event, it has such great support in the local community and beyond.”
“The sawmill has been going, kids and adults have been toasting marshmallows for 20 cents each, the bush tucker has been very popular and the music from Whiskey Boat, Rough and Ready and Dave Kirk has been just fantastic,” he said.
Taking out Saturday’s senior fashions on the field competition was Kate Wilkinson while the junior competition was taken out by Amelie Cockrem together with her two brothers Ash and Finn. Best dressed male (and family) on Sunday went to Woody Charlton together with his two daughters Laverda and Clover.
Fierce displays of woodchopping also kept audiences amused with action throughout the weekend. Craig said the weekend was also a successful fundraiser for many local charities and groups including the Red Cross, Anglican Guid, Lions Club, and Herberton-Atherton Historic Railway Line.
“We have owned the Village now for 11 years, we are just so proud of the support from locals and I hope we are giving everyone a great experience.”