READY WITH HIS WHIP: Will Fraser, of Narayen Station, is ready for his turn at whip cracking at the Bush Spirit Festival. He is seen here with mum Tania.
THE Friends of RM have raised the profile of Eidsvold and fostered bush crafts and life at the successful Bush Spirit Festival.
Last Saturday huge crowds poured into RMWilliams Australian Bush Learning Centre as there was plenty to see and do.
BJ Gentry’s talent, speed and precision with a chainsaw amazed onlookers as did Rohan Morris and his bullock team, Chris Barr’s leather workmanship and a demonstration of hot horse shoeing by Cal Moore.
It had a quiet, productive energy
Youngsters with whips bigger than themselves took part in the junior whip-cracking competition and were given some tips and a demonstration by Kerry Barr of Dead Ringer LeatherWorks.
Some attendees took up the opportunity of learning how to cook the perfect damper at the morning and afternoon tea cooking classes but many more just enjoyed eating the damper and washing it down with a cup of billy tea.
Other opportunities to participate included indigenous games, a ringer’s challenge and the selection of people’s choice photographs to be included in an exhibition.
The winner of the Bush Spirit of the North Burnett framed photo competition was Bronwyn Burnham with her entry, Nogo River Magic.
Friends ofRMis grateful for the financial aid provided by QGC, which contributed greatly to the day’s success.
RM Williams’ granddaughter and Friends of RM president Kylie Schooley said the day had been a resounding success.
“It had a quiet, productive energy with families participating in the many different activities with enthu- siasm,” Mrs Schooley said.
“The stall holders had plenty of interest, but it really was one of those dayswhere spending moneywas not so important.
“All activities and displays were free and I think most people appreciated this. Since it was the first event of its kind, we have no benchmark, but I thinkwe definitely learnt a lot about how we might make the same event even better next time.”
BIG DAY: Friends ofRMsecretary Peter Anderson, treasurer Anthony Coates, Jackie Lindenmayer, Mayor DonWaugh, Friends ofRMpresident Kylie Schooley, QGC representative Vicki Ketchell and centre manager John Day.