12 May 2016

Pioneer Australia Comes Alive This Weekend

There will be ‘olden day’ fashions, working demonstrations, live entertainment, family fun, train rides and more at this weekend’s Pioneer Weekend at the Historic Village Herberton on May 14-15.

Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said it was the highlight event for the Village, which opens in a field day format over the two days.

“It is about celebrating Australia’s history in a way that is fun and entertaining,” Craig said. “We know visitors will love the live entertainment we have lined up as well as all the working displays of machinery, motor vehicles and other small engines.”

Once again, the Fashions on the Field completion will take pride of place on both Saturday and Sunday and people are encouraged to dress up. “We have some great prizes not just for the kids but the adults too, so dress up and have a lot of fun.”

Pioneer Weekend 2016 will feature a blacksmith, farrier, wood turners and carvers, while some of the Village’s most iconic engines will also start up including a 1923 Harley Davidson, the Ruston Hornsby, steam engines, stampers and tractors.

The Hillbilly Goats will provide entertainment throughout the weekend with their unique mix of high energy folk music. Irish folk band Rough and Ready will also join them.

On top of this, there will be traditional children’s games, bush poetry, train rides, hand steel drilling and a special “bush” church service on the Sunday.

Arch Deacon Chris Wright from the Anglican Church will host the non-denominational service at 2pm on the deck of the Happy Jack Mine. 

“The service will be a reminder of the the times when Bishop Feetham, a long serving Anglican bishop,  travelled the north. His home from the early 1900s can be viewed at the Village,” Craig added.

Raising money for the local Lions Club will be the free sausage sizzle. “Every year the Village donates sausages and bread so they can raise much needed money for their different causes.”