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Jandowae Timbertown Festival 2018

Woodchips, dust flying, barrel racing action, fireworks, market-stalls as far as the eye can see, fine art and photography, decorated trees, bush poetry, Outback Sausage King Competition and loads of free fun family entertainment – it must be Jandowae Timbertown Festival time!!

If great company, country style hospitality, and a weekend jampacked with fun activities to suit every pace is just what you are seeking, then the 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival weekend in June is absolutely where you will need to be.

We invite you to come along and celebrate our town and its significant timber milling history. Located just 24km from Jimbour, the home of Big Skies and historic Jimbour House, in the Western Downs, Jandowae has a population of 1000 which swells to at least 4000 with a full program of family friendly activities which will have you entertained all weekend Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June.

The Timbertown Festival has been held biennially since 2002 and was traditionally held on the June Long Weekend. The timing remains the same but it now features 2 days brimming with live music, market stalls, roving entertainment, Poets Breakfast, art and craft displays, chainsaw racing and sculpting, the Dalby Herald Fireworks, barrel racing, street parade, free children’s entertainment, Outback Sausage King Competition, and much more!

Barefoot Bowls from 4pm, followed by the Official Festival Opening and Fine Art & Photography Exhibition Cocktail Party from 6pm, on Friday 8th June, will get the whip cracking on the 2018 festival activities. Let the magic flow and make the most of the weekend by taking in the serenity of our fabulous Fine Art & Photography Exhibition which will feature a terrific mix of more than 20 talented local and regional artists, sculptors and photographers, and maybe buy a piece or two to make your own!

Take in the Timbertown Festival woodchopping competitions, chain-saw racing and sculpting action as they fill the air with the scent of sawdust and send wood chips flying. Be prepared for the thundering of horses hooves as these magnificent four-legged athletes make the the dust soar for the Timbertown Festival District 9 Barrel Racing action – absolutely guaranteed to get pulses racing.

A leisurely stroll through our extensive line-up of artisan market stall holders where our main streets will be overflowing with lovely local and regional produce and unique hand crafted products to tempt you, while being entertained by buskers and catching a variety of Festival action on every corner is a must!

The festival theme of ‘Reflections on a Timbertown  – Celebrating our Pioneers, past, present and future’ will be showcased to great effect in our Timbertown Festival Fine Art and Photography Exhibition with a memorabilia display to be included this year. A special cake-cutting ceremony will also feature at the Official Opening event, with first ever Timbertown Festival Committee President Mr Peter Hawtin invited to do the honours.

Peter, a former local timber industry worker, was instrumental in staging the 2001 Timbertown Festival with the help of a group of interested and very supportive local people. Ten festivals, and many wonderful committees and Presidents later, Peter is still volunteering his much appreciated time to each festival, and his unwaivering passion for our community and its heritage continues to be inspirational to all!  

The Official Opening and Exhibition will be hosted by the Jandowae Kindy and Jandowae Domiciliary Care in the Domiciliary building, is being compered by renowned Bush Poet Mr Brian Weier. The Exhibition will feature artwork by award winning artist Mr Graeme McCullough whom has also recently completed a series of painted utility-poles cleverly depicting events, groups and individuals of significance to Jandowae and its community which are a must see while visiting our town.

The Festival theme will truly come alive in the biannual Street Parade which will be a sight to behold and never fails to bring smiles to faces and wow onlookers with the level of creativity displayed by our fabulous community! The Saturday Street Festival will see High and George Streets bustling with Market  & Food Stalls, Wood Chops, Chainsaw Sculpting, Lucas Mill Demonstrations, the Art & Photography Exhibition, Children’s Amusements, Face Painting, Busking, Live Music, Petting Zoo, Kids Timber Craft, Horse & Carriage Rides, Roving Entertainment plus much more!

A decorated street tree competition has been included in the Festival since 2010 and will again be a feature this year – definitely worth a look at these ingeniously decorated trees, and try not to miss the yabby racing action which is back again by popular demand.

The Jandowae Community and the Timbertown Festival organising Committee are very proud to be celebrating our 10th festival and would be thrilled if you could join us in Jandowae to share in the fun to be had as we reflect on the achievements of the many hardworking pioneers of our district!

Lastly,  it is great to hear that there are four previous Jandowae State School Classes using this year’s festival to bring everyone back together again for their reunions!  If anyone would like help with finding their former class mates please email the Timbertown Festival Committee at: jandowaetimbertown@outlook.com

What a way to celebrate our 10th Jandowae Timbertown Festival – you don’t want to miss this terrific event and we would really love to see you there!!

For more event details please view our website: http://jandowaetimbertown.org.au/ and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jandowae-Timbertown-Festival-103911016320928/ to keep up to date with event activities and details for the weekend.

The 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival Committee.

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