The Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club were a popular addition to last year’s Scots In The Bush festival at Boondooma Homestead, which hosted 800 visitors and 300 caravans between Thursday and Sunday  (Photo: Stephen Coles)

August 15, 2019

The South Burnett’s annual salute to all things Scottish gets under way at Boondooma Homestead on Thursday (August 15) and will continue until late Sunday afternoon.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Scots In The Bush, and with 250 caravans already on site organisers are expecting a bumper roll-up.

About 200 professional performers will take to the stage over the course of the four days.

They include the Rum City Highland Dancers, Celtic Psychosis, the Noosa and District Pipe Band, The Clan, Celtic Crossover, Ishka, Tartan Time and balladeer Brian Letton.

They’ll be joined by Celtic Thunder Oz, the Limerick Modern Celtic Band, Scarlett Road, Mouldy Haggis, the Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club and many more.

But apart from highlands music and dancing, there’ll be lots of other fun activities in the Homestead’s grounds as well.

On Saturday at 12:30pm, the festival’s Highland Games will see haggis and caber tossing, along with foot races and Putting the Boondooma Stone, while highland pipe bands play in the grounds.

And on Sunday at 8:30am, Gervais Fullerton will lead the festival’s traditional Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan ceremony, complete with an Address Tae The Haggis and the downing of a quantity of whiskey.

Scottish treats such as Aberdeen sausage, Scotch eggs, haggis, neeps and tatties will be available from the Homestead’s canteen alongside the more usual fare of fish, chips and hamburgers.

And those in search of their clan can pay a visit to one of 10 different clan tents set up in the grounds alongside four Celtic merchandise stands and assorted other surprises.

More than 40 volunteers from the Boondooma Museum and Heritage Association will be running this year’s festival.

Homestead secretary Judy Brandt said they were all anticipating a great year.

Boondooma Homestead is located at 8262 Mundubbera-Durong Road and tickets for the entire Festival – which include entry, on-site bush camping and all entertainment – are $75 for adults and free for under-14s.

Single-day tickets are also available. More details can be obtained by phoning Judy on 0427-364-026.

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