September 13, 2016
Blackbutt and Benarkin residents have a new town song – and a new sport to practise for next year – following the 7th annual Bloomin’ Beautiful festival at the weekend.
This year the word “avocado” was tacked on to the festival title for the first time to reflect the fruit’s growing importance to the local region.
There were avocado-themed cooking demonstrations, avocado plants for sale and most, importantly, an avocado rolling competition with cash prizes.
After a series of heats, the 24 closest-to-the-pin finalists in the junior and senior avocado rolling competitions competed for the big dollars, with plenty of calls of “no pressure” from the crowd.
The winning roll in the senior competition was by Kerri Gierke, from Googa, whose avocado finished within centimetres of the pin, taking out the $1000 top prize.
Other popular highlights of this year’s festival included a street parade, which attracted a long line of entries as well as a good crowd lining the highway, and the string of market stalls at the rail head.
Also popular this year was the headline concert by the famous Kransky Sisters who brought their unique blend of humour and music to the Blackbutt Memorial Hall on Saturday night.
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On Saturday afternoon, families gathered in Memorial Hall for the official launch of country singer Josh Arnold’s latest “town” song, “It’s Bloomin’ Beautiful”, (see below).
This video music project features students from Blackbutt and Benarkin State schools as well as cameos by local residents.
The students performed the song live, as well as several other of Josh’s compositions in a mini-concert.
Josh launched his Small Town Culture program in 2007 and since then has been collaborating with school students all over Queensland to create original music from their ideas.
In the South Burnett, Josh has now made videos and songs for Yarraman, Kilkivan, the Barambah cluster of schools, and Wondai.
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Josh Arnold & the pupils from Blackbutt & Benarkin State Schools
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Bloomin’ Beautiful Parade
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