More than 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 annual Pioneer Weekend (May 5-6).
Revellers 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, train rides and more.
The Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said every year Pioneer Weekend just gets better and better.
“It has been unbelievable. We passed last year’s figure of people coming through the door with lots of young families and people interested in history.
“Our scone tasting competition was very popular with 15 entries. We had a KitchenAid mix master as the prize, with the honours going to Cindy Hadfield for her superb date scones.”
Craig also congratulated Ivan Searston after the second volume of Ghosts of a Mining Town, a book he edited, was officially launched at the weekend,
The diary style book brings the town’s legends back to life with authentic and detailed stories.
“There are so many characters in Herberton’s history. It was the first town on the Atherton Tablelands, starting with the tin mining, so to have this book that shares their stories is just fantastic,” he said.
Taking out Saturday’s junior fashions on the field competition was Scarlett Bush, who impressed the crowd with her black and teal green inspired vintage outfit that was handmade by her grandmother.
Best dressed male went to Bill Lewis with Megan Bayliss taking out the ladies division.
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 CWA, Lions Club, Herberton-Atherton Historic Railway Line, and the Anglican Guild.”
“We have owned the Village now for 10 years, we are just so proud of the support from locals and I hope we are giving everyone a great experience.”