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Kumbia Salutes 100 Years Of History

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Kumbia Progress Association members take a well-earned rest on their parade float

Sharon Labudda, Kumbia, with her 1933 Ariel

July 29, 2012

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.

Steve Hood's 1910 Case Traction Engine was a popular attraction on the day

Sharon Yeates (nee Parker) was happy to play the clown for the street parade

Kumbia Centenary

Bob Horton, ex-Mannuem now Kumbia, caught up with Col O'Hanlon, from Kingaroy

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John & Kaye Aitken, Nambour, visited Kaye's mum Mavis, who has lived in Kumbia all her life

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Steve Hood with his 1910 Case traction engine which was attracting a lot of photographs

Kumbia Centenary

Julie Birmingham, 8, Brisbane was visiting her aunt Cathy Hawkins, Kumbia

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Kathy Jones, from Kathy's Candeez in Kingaroy, was selling her jams in Memorial Hall

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Former Kumbia Hotel owner Rhonda Callow with Mavis Schmocker and her sister Phil Krebs

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Gayle Carroll and Anne Beil were working hard welcoming visitors

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Verelle O'Shannesey, Barb Deards and Chantelle Whiteman from the Kumbia Kindy

Kumbia Centenary

Former local SES Controller Ron Sollaye with John Kefford; Ron established the Kumbia SES in 1982, with 20 members. Photo: Peter Verbakel

Kumbia Centenary

Jean Hancock, of Kumbia, and Shirley Klinge, from Forest Hill, dressed to impress for the centenary celebrations

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Kingaroy and Kumbia SES members made sure the parade flowed smoothly. Photo: Peter Verbakel

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An iconic Kumbia business ... Lenihans Butchery

Kumbia Centenary

The "ecumenical" float, featuring the local Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Uniting churches

Kumbia Centenary

The Peanut Company of Australia's 1934 Dodge led a large contingent of motor vehicles

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Kumbia Race Club's jockeys (and horses) seem to be getting shorter

Kumbia Centenary

Draught horses pull an old German-style wagon similar to those used by early settlers

Kumbia Centenary

Kumbia CWA's contingent were enjoying a mobile tea party

Kumbia Centenary

Kumbia Pony Club ... their real horses were competing in Nanango

Kumbia Centenary

Kumbia State School hosted a number of reunions

Kumbia Centenary

The South Burnett Filipino Australian group joined in the celebrations

Kumbia Centenary

Some watchers wondered how this self-propelled boom sprayer was going to negotiate the corner ... until the arms folded back

South Burnett Councillor Cheryl Dalton in the Celebrity Milking competition. Photo: Desiree Crawford

Local resident Debbie Jackson tries her hand in the milking competition. Photo: Desiree Crawford

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8 Responses to Kumbia Salutes 100 Years Of History

  1. Kathy Jones

    What a great day for Kumbia, there were smiling faces everywhere. The displays were good, the food was good, the parade was good what more can one say, but thank you Kumbia and all the people who put so much effort into making it the success it was.

  2. Gayle Carroll

    These photos are wonderful. One correction though is the first photo is the Progress Association float with members and friends not the Historical Society. Maybe you might be able to correct the caption. Can we get copies of your photos?

  3. Nanna Dot

    Well done Kumbia, thank you for a very enjoyable time in spite of the cold day. The street parade was very impressive and I’m sure the large crowd enjoyed it all as much as I did. Yah for Kumbia.

  4. News Desk

    Oops … you’re right Gayle! Our apologies … now fixed :)

    If you’d like a copy of any of the photos, just email us at [email protected] identifying which ones you’d like

  5. Barry Krosch

    The whole event was a credit to all involved; organisers, sponsors and participants.

    Thanks also to for excellent pictorial coverage. It was cold out there and many journos would have taken two or three pics, and then headed for a warm bar or cafe.

  6. Anne Beil

    Thanks for the wonderful coverage. The day was fantastic and the weather was kind. It could have been raining and it is the middle of winter. Thanks to all those people who came and supported the Centenary, it really made all that work worthwhile.

  7. Val Powell ( nee Cornish--Lee)

    What a great time it must have been for people who lived in the area. I was born in Kingaroy and stayed there till getting married in 1966. So many people I would have known, but was unable to be there. Familiar faces, though, in the photos. Thank you. Many a dance was enjoyed in the Kumbia Hall.

  8. Shirley Klinge

    Fantastic day, well organised, saw many old faces. We got to enjoy the day while the hard-working folk of Kumbia soldiered on. We salute you. Well done good and faithful servants.