BLACKSMITHING:  Learn this old time skill at the Heritage Rally on Saturday.
BLACKSMITHING: Learn this old time skill at the Heritage Rally on Saturday. Contributing

Stroll back in time at the Heritage Rally

UP TO 300 exhibitors will be showcasing heritage skills from butter making to blacksmithing at the Queensland Heritage Rally in Biloela this weekend.

The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club will host the annual rally at the Queensland Heritage Park Complex on Exhibition Avenue.

Event organiser Cindy Cooper said the two day event was the result of a year's worth of hard work by a committed group of volunteers and she urged people to come along and see some of the skills that were part of everyday life many years ago.

"We have about 300 exhibitors at this stage coming from all over Australia including South Australia and Western Australia and a large contingency from Queensland as well.”

Popular favourites like the traditional tractor pull and grand parades featuring working vintage agricultural machinery will be back again but there'll be plenty of new displays and workshops included in this year's line up.

"There will be a butter making display where members of the public can participate in making their own butter to have on a freshly made scone at the end,” Mrs Cooper said.

Also new this year is the Iron Man and Iron Woman contest which involves running an obstacle course and consuming a hot can of coke and cold meat pie at the finish.

There are a couple of spots left in the blacksmithing workshop but you must pre-register for that event.

"This is a full day hands-on workshop to learn the art of blacksmithing, including how to heat metal and basic blacksmithing techniques to make a pair of tongs that you take home,” Mrs Cooper said.

The fee for the blacksmithing course is $249 and it runs from 7am-2.30pm Saturday.

A Longhorns cattle display will include a competition to guess the length of the horns on the cattle from tip to tip with cash prizes for the best guesses.

Gates will be open from 8am-5pm Saturday and 8am-2pm Sunday. Entry costs $10 for adults, $7 for students and pensioners and children under 12 are free.

For more information contact Cindy Cooper on ph 49922400.


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