Our young tal­ent on dis­play

Central Telegraph - - LIFE - BILOELA ALAN McTAG­GART P: 0418 195 503 E: al­ndesmct@big­pond.com

THE gallery opens at 5.30pm for a 6pm start but maybe I should say ‘tis “awards night” as it has been show­ing Arts Mix for a cou­ple of weeks.

The artists are all at school and you will be amazed by the cre­ativ­ity shown from the kinder­garten kids to the skate­board­ers.

Judge Emma Ward has been around and made her se­lec­tions and Cr David Snell will be there to hand them over.

Don’t miss this night when we can recog­nise the bud­ding artists in our com­mu­nity as they have all done a mighty job.

Ma­chin­ery rally

WHAT a great week­end of brows­ing down mem­ory lane for the thou­sands who filled the Queens­land Her­itage Park for the 8th Bi­en­nial Queens­land Her­itage Rally.

Beau­ti­ful weather, per­fect con­di­tions, very well or­gan­ised and a plea­sure to meet and greet peo­ple from all over Aus­tralia.

The Chamberlain crew took my prize for uni­for­mity when they were all lined up in beau­ti­ful re­stored con­di­tion and care­fully tended by their car­ers.

Not only trac­tors of course.

There were trucks, there were utes, there were cars from all makes and models with driv­ers proud of how their life­long ren­o­va­tion project com­pared to oth­ers.

There were some that were a work in progress with un­told hours of care and at­ten­tion to de­tail still re­quired be­fore it can be given that fi­nal pol­ish.

It never ceases to amaze how the sim­ple out­come of pulling or turn­ing can be achieved in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

No two trac­tor de­sign­ers were con­stricted by ear­lier work from the pi­o­neers of the in­dus­try and went ahead and solved their own prob­lems.

Apart from the mov­ing ma­chin­ery, there was the full range of sta­tion­ary en­gines run­ning on petrol, paraf­fin, diesel or steam, the back­bone of the power source on dis­tant prop­er­ties long be­fore the day the grid came through with power for ev­ery­one.

The silent movie tent col­lected its full share of au­di­ences and made it easy for them to be in­volved with the story line from big “hoorays!” to boo­ing and hiss­ing when the bad guys came on screen.

It never tires when you see the 10 in hand horse team pulling the plough through the hard black soil and to recog­nise that this is the way it was for ba­sic cul­ti­va­tion.

Turn the soil then fol­low it up with discs or har­rows and even­tu­ally they have a seed bed wor­thy of the name and all done with help of those mag­nif­i­cent an­i­mals.

The need for wa­ter in this of­ten times dry cli­mate en­cour­aged the de­vel­op­ment of the drilling or bor­ing ma­chines that could chase the wa­ter hid­den me­tres un­der­ground.

Demon­stra­tions run­ning through­out the day pro­vided another op­por­tu­nity to see how it was done.

Black­smiths were es­sen­tial for the main­te­nance of the horses and their gear and it was won­der­ful to see a few younger hands hav­ing a go at the hot metal with ham­mer and anvil.

The horses need to be fed so the chaff cut­ters and grain grinders were there to en­sure the en­ergy that drives the na­tion was nour­ished as re­quired.

Good to see the fore­run­ner of the Cen­tral Tele­graph print­ing press on site and ready to show what it could do.

It might have been con­structed in 1887 in Ohio, USA, but the wheels are oiled and ready to print what­ever the mas­ter printer has in mind.

The crowd was there in strength, and in “years”, as they gath­ered in small groups to catch up with their mates whom they may not have seen for a cou­ple of years.

They were ca­pa­bly fed with hot or cold meals and am­ple tea and cof­fee on hand all day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved in the many hours of hard work that would have been done be­hind the scenes.

Host a bike rider

SMIL­ING for Smiddy Bot­tle­mart Chal­lenge for 2018 is head­ing for town and will be here on Au­gust 26.

This chal­lenge sup­ports the Mater Foun­da­tion which makes pos­si­ble im­por­tant on­go­ing can­cer research.

The Thangool/Biloela Com­mu­nity is again host­ing the cy­clists on the an­nual trek from Bris­bane to Townsville and th­ese ded­i­cated rid­ers will be in our district on the night of Sun­day, Au­gust 26.

Or­gan­is­ers are seek­ing help from the com­mu­nity to host one or two in your home.

This year is even eas­ier than be­fore with all meals or­gan­ised for the cy­clists and only the bed for the night re­quired from the hosts. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

It would be tremen­dous if you would con­sider of­fer­ing your hos­pi­tal­ity to the rid­ers for this year’s Smil­ing for Smiddy event.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bron­wynne Bates phone 0408 189 650 or email noel.bron@big­pond.com.

Nour­ish­ing kids

CHIL­DREN of­ten eat too much or else not enough!

It can be a bat­tle to get the bal­ance right and en­sure their diet has the best bal­ance that a par­ent can pro­vide.

Biloela Kinder­garten has or­gan­ised a work­shop open to all in the com­mu­nity and comes in two ses­sions at St Joseph’s par­ish hall on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 14 and 15.

The first night is all about fussy eat­ing and avoid­ing bat­tles with your chil­dren and the sec­ond night cov­ers food and other fac­tors in chil­dren’s health.

Free en­try of course but please reg­is­ter your in­ter­est with Michelle at the Biloela Kinder­garten on 4992 1327.

Ham­mer in hand and strike while the iron is hot was the motto.

ART STARS: The ef­fect is cap­ti­vat­ing when lots of paint is ap­plied.

Cindy Cooper was at the front of the Grand Pa­rade and on her el­e­vated trac­tor giv­ing a great view of the crowds cheer­ing on the or­gan­is­ing team.

The team that pulls to­gether makes it easy work for ev­ery­one.

El­e­gant be­yond mea­sure this car en­hanced the view of the Silo.

An im­pres­sive line-up of one of Aus­tralia's favourite trac­tors.

Yel­low is not my favourite colour but it does show off the huge trucks to ad­van­tage.

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