Everything old held the fascination of the new again when crowds of locals, tourists and visitors from throughout the region rubbed shoulders at the Historic Village Herberton’s Pioneer Weekend event over the weekend (May 13 and 14).
Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley were delighted by the response and appreciation of the more than 1000 people who attended over the two days.
“Pioneer Weekend just keeps getting better every year. People really seem to appreciate the opportunity to step back into the past and show their kids and grandkids what life was like in the ‘good old days’,” Craig said.
“A fun highlight is the annual ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition, which was keenly contested again this year by both adults and children,” he said.
The modesty of yesteryear meant there was no way of knowing whether the novelty of striving for the authentic experience extended to corsets for the ladies or suspenders for the men’s socks.
Other highlights that drew excited audiences throughout the two days was watching timber being cut at the Ted Keid Saw Mill, the John Deere Tractor exhibit, hand steel drilling and wood chopping.
The village, which is laid out like a tin-mining town of old, has many wonderful replica exhibits, including an old school room, printing works and barber shop.
While the toy shop was a must see on the family check list, the action was outside where there were plenty of laughs to be had watching the sack races and the egg and spoon challenge.
Gem fossicking, train rides and letting off steam to the high energy folk music of the popular band, the Hillbilly Goats, were all popular activities over the weekend.
“It’s just so nice to experience an old-fashioned day out like this and see the support from the community to help put this event on, is just incredible,” Craig said.
Money raised over the weekend will help support local organisations including the Herberton Lions Club, CWA and Anglican Guild.
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