Friday, October 31, 2014

Millmerran part 2

Tractor Pulling

This was interesting and much to my surprise I really enjoyed watching it.
As far as I could work out it is old restored Tractors that compete against each other pulling a weighted sled over a track seeing who can pull the fastest over the longest distance. ( I may be wrong so if you know definitely what they are doing please feel free to correct me.)

Stage  two
This is where they have smaller shows and demonstrations happening I watched a presentation by The Cast Iron Boys on how to use your camp ovens and a cook-off with Paul and Blair from my kitchen rules both were very enjoyable, there were other shows held here but I didn't bother watching them as you can’t fit in everything happening over the weekend so just have to pick what interests you.
Camp Oven Cooking Competitions

These were happening over the whole weekend some were interesting to watch and others a bit boring so we just wander back and forth watching them in between everything else  

Market Stalls
As always there were the usual markets stalls that are part and parcel of a festival so had tastes of lots of yummy food and sips of wine and of course had to buy what I tasted and liked.

There were lots of other things as well that we didn't have time to watch and if I list them all I will be here forever so in summary The Millmerran Camp Oven Festival was a great weekend

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Millmerran Camp Oven Festival

Hi have been sitting here for ages trying to decide how best to write my blog about our visit to Millmerran. We had a very enjoyable week here which climaxed with a jam packed and very enjoyable weekend at the Camp Oven Festival.
After much thought have decided to just do it with headings and brief descriptions of each of the things we did.
Millmerran is a lovely little town about 80kms south west of Toowoomba in Queensland. Its main tourist attractions are a selection of Murals that have been painted on buildings around the town and on the Water Reservoir.

They also have a very well presented Museum.

Camp Oven Festival
Over the 2 days there were continuing displays of Axes,
Hand Shears,
Dog and Rabbit Traps,
Condamine Bells and Egg Beaters as well as demonstrations of Sheep Shearing,
Packing a Packhorse, Blacksmithing, Wheelwrighting, Rope Making and starting a fire using Flint and Steel. Some demonstrations were interesting others not so much.

Main Stage
Both Saturday and Sunday the festivities start off with the Bush Poets Breakfast, as always a great way to start the day as the larikin humor of our bush poets put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Over the days and nights there are various artist and bands playing and singing, there were no really big name stars but all I watched and listened too were good, some were artists I knew and others I had never heard of.
Chainsaw Carving

A chap called Rod Sheehan did a few shows over the weekend craving sculptures out of logs of wood. This man was a magician what he could do with a chainsaw. During the show we watched he carved a wombat and at the end of the festival his carvings were auctioned off, not sure if he received the money or it went to the Festival Committee.

as the post is getting a wee bit gone will continue in my next post