Bush Spirit Fes­ti­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - ❏ John Da­ley

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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