GALLERY: Bush spirit brings family fun

Young visitors could hitch a ride around the festival. 243642_02 Pictures: Julian Lehnert

by Julian Lehnert

Eidsvold stayed true to its motto of ‘Country living at its best’ last week as the North Burnett town welcomed large crowds for its biennial Bush Spirit Festival at the R.M. Williams Centre.

The one-day festival on Saturday 10 July featured a vast line-up of market stalls, arts and crafts, competitions and challenges as well as a thrilling motorcycle stunt show.

Younger visitors were able to enter the Stockman’s Challenge where they had to pass a series of tough activities like lassoing and carrying hay bales.

The festival was preceded by a variety of workshops throughout Eidsvold in the days prior, which let attendees participate in Eidsvold’s vibrant arts and artisanry scene through classes in floral arranging, preserve-making and blacksmithing.

Visitors could also see and vote on entries in the R.M Williams Centre’s photography competition, with the ‘people’s choice award’ being decided by votes during the festival.

Eidsvold’s biennial festivities took a coronavirus related hit this year as the final item on the agenda, a concert by country music star Catherine Britt, had to be postponed to 6 November.