Bush Spirit Festival
THE people came from far and wide to show their skills with flare and pride.
From damper, cooking crisp and warm to cracking the whip and jewellery charms.
The list goes on around the ring, with checking our health and a mobile thing.
There were oils with scents, just so divine and arts ’n’ crafts that would blow your mind.
The leather goods were a joy forever, and the IPad classes for the IT clever.
The horses came to stop and stare and got new shoes, all four not a pair!
The smoke that curled off the hot black hooves reminds of the branding fire and ringer moves.
The woodworks end of side show alley had drawn the crowds to watch the tally.
As BJ the carver racked up the offcuts, he worked all day with grit and guts.
The wood was hard and the sun a beast, but the finished product was a masterpiece.
The wood turner’s goods were rare and bold and truly showed of the skills of old.
While up on the hill the crowds looked on, the bullocky moved his team along.
To the sway and the lilt of the bullocky drawl, those beasts plodded on with their load at a crawl.
All was going just right to plan, then Murphy stepped in and there came a loud bang!
A sharp right turn, a new young leader and the jinker was cracked right across the centre.
Months went into rebuilding the kit and one wrong turn was enough to wreck it.
But in true bush style, not a hair was turned, as the situation was saved, and the crowd all learned.
It is not what happens that sticks in the mind, how we deal with adversity is what stays behind.
Nowthe time had come to acknowledge the sponsors, so the Mayor and officials did the honours.
QGC were top of the list to thank, first up for the shelter and barbecue and tank.
They also gave for the whole Bush Festival, so photos and smiles for the media article.
The others who helped to make it through, were Minter Ellison, Bendigo, Rabo and Landmark too.
The Friends of RM and local families put hand in pocket to help with formalities.
The last event to finish the games was the ringers challenge, with two in each team.
Out of the swag and a barrow ride, dressed up for the day and sprint to the line.
The Photo comp moved all in side to gaze in awe at the snap- pers’ pride.
The shots fantastic, you won’t see better if you travel to England or France or further!
Once again the Mayor did the duty well, the winners had trophies and stories to tell.
The sun was sinking and a full moon glowed, as the steaks were cooked for the evening show.
Michelle sang us ballads with excellent voice. The patrons were happy and spoiled for choice.
Scot McGuigan, a bush poet of consummate skill then told his stories while the crowd ate its fill.
The food was fantastic the company the best, by around eight-thirty itwas time for a rest.
So the Bush Spirit Festival was a cracking affair and come next June we’ll see you all there.
To come and play and spread the good cheer.
Bush spirit is growing, have no fear.
INSPECTING THE DAMAGE: Bullocky Rowan Morris checks out the damage after bullocks inexperienced in leading turned too sharply at theBushSpirit Festival held in the grounds of theRMWilliams Australian Bush Learning Centre at Eidsvold.
OLD TECHNIQUES: Cal Moore demonstrated hot horse shoeing in the tradition of the blacksmiths of old at the Eidsvold Bush Spirit Festival.