Spotlight Shines On Region
Historic Ringsfield House at Nanango hosted a family reunion of 20 at its Sunday Roast Lunch ... the busload of visitors were all linked to Thora Hayes, from Closeburn, who recently turned 80; Thora had eight children, four of whom were born at Ringsfield when it was a maternity hospital: Sheryl Guthrie, from Carseldine; Kerry Hayes, from Japan; Mariee Van Der List, from Gladstone and Gary Hayes, from Warwick
October 10, 2013
The new Labour Day Long Weekend provided the perfect opportunity for businesses in the South Burnett and Cherbourg council areas to “go on show”, which is exactly what happened.
The “South Burnett and Cherbourg On Show” spotlight shone on good food, good wine and entertainment of all kinds … from folk music to fishing; from 4WDs to flowers …
There were also heaps of opportunities for visitors to brush up on history: at Wengenville, Taabinga, Murgon, Cherbourg, Wondai and Nanango.
So much to see and do … whether it was for visitors from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, or South Burnett residents enjoying a “stay-cation”.
Organisers are still measuring the economic benefits of the promotion but South Burnett & Cherbourg On Show looks set to become an annual event.
Members of the organising committee, which is headed by Cr Kathy Duff, told southburnett.com.au they had received a very positive reaction to the concept and believe the event could expand even further in 2014.
This year’s promotion was four times the size of the first “South Burnett On Show” which was organised last October by the South Burnett Wine Industry Association.
“South Burnett On Show” – which this year expanded to become “South Burnett & Cherbourg On Show” – is modelled on a similar idea that has already proven successful for Victoria’s Heathcote wine region.
“The idea is that individual venues do their own thing – whether that be a dinner, an art exhibition, an Open Day or something similar – but they all do it at the same time,” SBWIA President Jason Kinsella said.
“This gives visitors – and locals – a smorgasbord of places to visit and things to do over a long weekend, no matter what their interests are.”
The central organising committee’s job isn’t to run any events itself but rather to collect information about them, then go out and market it as a total package.
The 2013 organising committee is now gathering data from South Burnett accommodation operators on room-night sales over the long weekend, as well as feedback from individual event organisers.
This data will be collated and analysed later this month.
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Judy and Bernie Cooper, from Booie, with Jason Ford, Kingaroy
Burke & Wills proprietor Peter Quinn with Ann and Winston Thompson, from Nanango
Barbara and David Just, from the Sunshine Coast with Karen Ford, from Kingaroy
Eric Carey and daughter Ashleigh provided a musical afternoon to remember at the Cider Gum Cafe and Restaurant
Enjoying dinner at the packed Cider Gum restaurant were, from left, Nicole, Matthew, 7, Paul and Breanna Van Hout, from Shailer Park; and Laraine and Ken Cooper, from Brisbane
Pauline Gillett, from Tipperary Estate, had fun giving visitors a "Grape To Glass" vineyard tour on Saturday and Sunday morning
Marcus Priaulx, from Kingaroy, is served coffee by Patrick Alberts at Yurri Muntha Cafe after a Duck a l'orange lunch while the rest of his family tucks into dessert
Sandra Morgan, Ada Simpson and Jeanette Brown take a breather on the verandah after a busy morning at The Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg
They love it up here ... Adrian and Marilyn Powers travelled up from Ipswich to soak in the jazz at Moffatdale Ridge
Manning the all-important barbecue at Crane Wines was Bernie Cooper
Bruce and Debbie Groer, from Kingaroy
Col and Desley Wolski, from Kingaroy
Ryan and Neil Cook, from Kingaroy, with Justin Cook from Brisbane
Megan and Shannon Scott were kept busy behind the counter at Taste South Burnett in Kingaroy
Jo and Simon Berry were making wood-fired pizzas at Kingsley Grove Winery ... a spectacular, controlled burn-off nearby by the local rural fire brigade added a bit more "wood-fire" than usual to the experience for visitors
The historic Taabinga Homestead had a busy Sunday morning with more than 40 visitors rolling in for tours of the property; amongst them were Sam, Yvonne, Katherine and Anthony Lambert, from Jimboomba
Graham and Maureen Rattledge with Rick and Gloria Kirkness and Libby McCallum, from Nanango, were enjoying a Sunday roast on the verendah at Historic Ringsfield House
Lyn Lowe and Joyce Smith, from Nanango
Judy Crawford and Marisha Rodak, from JC Catering, were busy in the kitchen
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