Jimboomba Field Days – Saturday 25th June & Sunday, 26th June 2016Posted on: June 25, 2016 at 12:52pm
This event was proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Jimboomba Inc. and held at “Four Wynnes”, 348-474 Cusack Lane, Jimboomba from 9am to 4pm both days with funds raised being donated directly to drought affected farmers in Queensland and the local Jimboomba Cadets assisted with traffic direction and car parking. Traffic Controllers were on duty on Cusack Lane at the entry point and signage was in place to direct to parking area. A train service operated for visitors collecting from the carpark area and delivering to entrance gate.
On Saturday, eight (8) Heritage Truck Club members displayed their vehicles and/or tractors – with one member driving his tractor from home to the Field Day on such a cold wintery morning. The day turned into a great wintery day – good in the sun away from the breeze. The low temperatures and gusty winds did not deter visitors and over 3,500 people flowed through the gates to find what the region had on offer.
Businesses and organisations were on board and jumped at the chance to show their wares by participating in the field days. Displays and demonstrations were in abundance with over 100 exhibitors displaying their products and this enabled everyone to have a close look at what was on offer and have any questions answered. Many were pleasantly surprised and follow-up sales have been positive with businesses that braved the elements to present their wares. Emergency services in attendance were the SES, Jimboomba Fire & Emergency and Police.
Also popular on the day was the sheep shearing, wood carving and army tank, while the camp oven cooking had everyone’s mouth watering.
For the kids the many rides and the animal farm entry were free. Food and refreshment stalls were kept busy all day providing a great variety.
Jimboomba Rotary Club have been lending a hand and coming up with solutions to help those in need for years. What started out as some friendly rivalry in the ploughing sector between some rotary members from Oz and some New Zealand counterparts, the Jimboomba Club went one step further and in 2015 held their inaugural Tractor Ploughing competition and invited the Kiwis over to join them. It was so popular with locals and visitors they extended it to become part of the Jimboomba Field Days event. The tractor plough race was taken out by the Australians, however, the New Zealanders went away winners of the Tri Nations contest.
It was a weekend of good old-fashioned country fun and the day went off well considering it was the first one held. Next year’s event promises to be bigger and better.
To see a collection of photos from Saturday, please click here.
by Cheryl Nott