15 May 2016

Pioneer Weekend A Treat For Historic Revellers

Australia’s pioneering past was celebrated with lots of traditional fun, fashion, food and entertainment at the Historic Village Herberton’s annual Pioneer Weekend on May 14-15. 

Crowds of more than 1000 people flocked to the Village to see first hand how life was at the turn of the century with tin panning, engine demonstrations, woodcarving, vintage cars, children’s games, train rides and more. 

The Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the seventh Pioneer Weekend had been a lot of fun, with the weekend coming together beautifully. 

“Every year Pioneer Weekend just gets better and better. There are so many things we didn’t have last year, including the new toy shop with the dolls and bears, and the model train zipping around the rail track. 

“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 Hillbilly Goats have been just fantastic,” he said. 

“The car park has been full all weekend and we are just thrilled with the whole event,” 

Taking out Saturday’s fashions on the field competition was Glenda Jarret, who impressed the crowd with her blue and white garment, fashioned out of ticking, the fabric used to make old fashioned mattresses.

The lined two piece outfit, which she originally made to celebrate the centenary at Oak Park in 2004, boasted piping, fabric covered buttons, matching hat and scarf. 

“It took about a week to make and the worst part was cutting it out,” she said. 

Fierce displays of woodchopping also kept audiences amused with action throughout the weekend featuring local talent Blake Foster. 

Craig said the weekend was also a successful fundraiser for many local charities and groups including the CWA, Lions Club, Herberton-Atherton Historic Railway Line, and the Anglican Guild.”  

“Everyone has such a great time this weekend and we are looking forward to doing it all again in 2017.”