August 23, 2016
They say there are really only two types of people in the world: Scots, and those who wish they were.
Boodooma Homestead was packed out with both on the weekend.
The occasion was the seventh annual Scots In The Bush Festival, a non-stop four day tribute to everything Celtish.
The festival was nominally set up to acknowledge the three Scots who settled in the area in 1842 and went on to found Boondooma Station, which once encompassed 1000 sq miles from Proston to Brovinia Creek, Darr Creek and west to the Great Dividing Range.
While the station itself no longer exists, Boondooma Homestead’s museum and grounds preserve the 174 years of history in between.
And Scots In The Bush is proving to be a great fundraiser to help the Homestead’s volunteers continue to expand and improve one of the region’s most unique tourist attractions.
This year’s Festival featured its biggest line-up of bands to date, and drew its biggest roll-up of festival-goers in response.
By Saturday afternoon the Homestead had 310 vans parked in its grounds and 80-odd day-trippers pass through the admission tent, along with two busloads of visitors, about 30 per cent up on last year.
Organiser Buddy Thomson said that while exact figures probably won’t be known for several days, he was certain this year’s festival had set a new attendance record.
“I’m confident this festival will get to be as big as our Spirit Of The Bush music muster,” Buddy said.
In the grounds, visitors could browse Celtic-themed stands offering everything from tartans and heraldry through to palm reading and South Burnett wines.
Bands and Highland dancers performed in the Homestead’s covered hall while the canteen dispensed food to hungry travellers all day long, and the bar catered to thirsty ones.
There were also plenty of diversions to enjoy during the four-day event, such as a Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan, Saturday’s Highland Games, or Sunday’s traditional clan parade and church service.
And from time to time – for those whose tolerance for four days of bagpiping wasn’t all it should be – there was also some country and western music thrown in for good measure.
- Boondooma Homestead’s next major annual event will be the Spirit Of The Bush Music Muster, which will run at the Homestead from April 19-25, 2017.