Our young talent on display
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.