Old fashioned fun and wonder will be the focus of the Historic Village Herberton’s Pioneer Weekend this weekend (May 13-14), when the award-winning living museum pulls out all the stops to showcase just what put the “good” into the good old days.
Families of all ages are invited to join in at the replica mining town and have a go at tin panning, try their skills at sack races and the egg and spoon challenge, or strut their stuff in period costume for Fashions on the Field.
A talented team who know the workings of the wonders of the past have been assembled to fire up some of the vintage engines, including a 1923 Harley Davidson, the Ruston Hornsby, steam engines, mineral ore stampers and tractors.
Others will be demonstrating highlights from the outdoor museum, including trades like blacksmithing, farrier-work and cutting timber at the Ted Keid Saw Mill.
Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said Pioneer Weekend was one of the most exciting on the Village calendar and they looked forward to meeting old friends and new at this year’s event.
“The atmosphere is always great, especially with the Hillbilly Goats keeping everyone’s toes tapping with their high energy folk music, and bush poets performing their rare art,” Craig said.
“We love the fact that so many people are excited by the opportunity to dress themselves and their kids up in the clothes of yester-year. It sometimes makes it hard to choose the prize winners for the Fashions on the Field.”
He said all of the stores and displays would be open for visitors to experience.
“The new attraction that got kids, big and small, excited at last year’s Pioneer Weekend was the Toy Shop, which has rare antique dolls, pre-war Disney memorabilia and a circa 1930s model replica of the Herberton railway. This year it is the Robert Ringrose Library and Reading Room.”
The reading room was open in April and features old magazines and manuals, novels and children’s books, from classics to quirky reads, that give an insight into times past.
Many of the books and periodicals came from the original Herberton School of Arts, which was established in 1881.
There will also be train rides and the Lions charity sausage sizzle, in addition to the usual delicious fare prepared fresh at the Village’s historic eateries.
Historic Village Herberton is pet friendly (dogs on leads are welcome) so the whole family can come and enjoy the sights and even picnic in the lovely grounds. For opening times and admission prices see www.historicvillageherberton.com.au.
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