Kumbia celebrated its centenary in style on Saturday with a huge street parade, markets, traditional fun and games, competitions and historic displays … and topped it all off with a community concert in the evening.
The centenary acted as a magnet drawing anyone with even the slightest connection to the town back for a visit. There were family and school reunions galore and lots of reminiscing and swapping tales.
The team from Kumbia Kindy was kept busy dishing out hot food while other volunteers handed out sample bags and organised name tags.
The street parade was led by the South Burnett Caledonian Pipe Band and included antique and modern farm machinery (including a massive self-propelled boom sprayer), classic cars, horse-drawn wagons, business floats … and two pigs wearing tutus.
A popular attraction was Steve Hood’s steam-driven 1910 Case traction engine which worked its whole life in the South Burnett region threshing corn and peanuts.
When the parade was over traditional fun and games began, including three-legged races and pie and lamington eating contests.
In the Memorial Hall, visitors had the opportunity for voting for the prettiest teacup as well as enjoying a range of exhibits, including bridal gowns from throughout the ages.
A large display of historic photographs also attracted much interest in the Kumbia Heritage Centre.