Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Sue Har­ris

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.”

Photo: Sue Har­ris

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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