Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt co-ordinator Melanie Doheny and committee member Maureen Hartley were keen to promote the festival which will run from September 1-9

June 10, 2012

Blackbutt’s Friends of Cultcha arts group helped local residents celebrate Queensland Week by holding a mini-festival in the State’s honour today.

The “Our Queensland – Our Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt” celebration of Queensland’s birthday kicked off with a Poet’s Breakfast at 8:00am which was followed by a mini-market in the grounds of Memorial Hall.

This featured a children’s petting zoo, rides, displays by local art, craft and community groups; market stalls; a circus school and a print-making workshop.

Inside the hall, the good crowd enjoyed easy-listening music from Acoustic Jabiru and a free community lunch of hot soup … much appreciated on a cool day.

Go Queenslander!

Valuing Community Award Winners

  • Outstanding Volunteer Service – Margaretha Portman
  • Educational Achievement – Christine James
  • Sporting Excellence – Mitchell Argent
  • Business Excellence – Lorraine Wyvill (Bendigo Bank)
  • Group Actively Enhancing Community Engagement – Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade

Hazel Green, from Benarkin, was offering some winter woolies

Maree Hammond and Margaret De La Cruz, from the Blackbutt Singers, with Sylvia Meechan

Natalie O'Sullivan, 9, from Nudgee, made friends with the Barnyard Babies

Joy Campbell and Vivienne Purdy, from Hervey Bay, were enjoying the all-day music in the hall

Natalie Fletcher was demonstrating how she makes hand-made buttons and brooches

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables