Festival volunteers Greg and Ali Lewis with the winning cups from the Avo Drop parachute competition … entrants bought a numbered cup and placed it on the oval
And the Avo Drop winners were … Ella Wells, 10, and her mum Belinda Hadley-Wells, from Tarong will split the $500 first prize

September 16, 2019

The 2019 Blackbutt Avocado Festival had everything on Saturday … from parachute jumps and a parade, to budgies, postripping and lots and lots of visitors.

Avocado Central (ie. the Blackbutt Memorial Hall) was buzzing with avocado-themed cooking demonstrations by local chef Jason Ford,

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell were among the guests who took a turn on stage with Jason.

Deb shared her Ekka-successful pesto recipe (with the addition of avocado, of course).

While Keith was encouraged to make Bagel BLASTs (ie. Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, smoked Salmon and Tomato bagels).

Outside the hall, the QCWA cafe and the Avo-bard-do Bar were kept busy serving up avocado-based snacks and cocktails.

At 1:00pm, traffic on the D’Aguilar Highway was diverted briefly as the Street Parade made its way through the heart of Blackbutt and headed towards the showgrounds.

(No one seemed to mind, except for the driver of one large cattle truck which carefully mowed down the witches’ hats).

Local Blackbutt organisations were out in force in the parade, with many decorating their entries with avocados of every shape and size.

Alvin The Avocado was joined in the street by Blazer the Bear and Bacon Man, plus some pretty mean-looking stop-and-go ladies who were ordering the crowd to hop, cough and sneeze.

The parade is an old favourite at the festival but there were some new ideas tried out this year, too.

A popular new event was the Avo Drop.

After testing which way the wind was blowing, four parachutists jumped out of a light plane above the Blackbutt Showgrounds Oval.

Inside the oval were numbered plastic cups, filled with sand, which had been sold to onlookers. As they landed, the first three parachutists each grabbed the nearest cup.

There were some great cash prizes on offer for the lucky cup holders.

First prize ($500) went to Belinda Hadley-Wells, from Tarong, who agreed to split the prize with her daughter Ella who selected where to place the cup.

Second prize ($200) was won by Willo Riley, from the Blackbutt Post Office, and third prize was won by hard-working festival volunteer Les Lane, from Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade (who, coincidentally, was dressed as an avocado).

In the games area near Avo Central, there was Avo rolling, tossing, juggling, golf, strongman tests and wheelbarrow races, compered by local councillor Gavin Jones.

But not everything in the festival area, which stretched from Nukku Nook to the showgrounds, was avocado-flavoured.

There was the post-ripping (saluting Blackbutt’s timber town heritage), woodworking displays, caged birds and long lines of market stalls.

South Burnett Regional Council also brought along its “South Burnett Flavours” archway and stalls to focus attention on boutique food producers in the region.

Two of the parachutists who made a dramatic entry into the Avocado Festival … Jake Edwards and Scott Perkins
Three of the parachutists who dropped into the Blackbutt Showgrounds Oval … as they landed, they picked up the nearest numbered cup
Ruth Mitchell, from Redcliffe, and Mavis Ross, from Beachmere, were visiting Blackbutt on a bus tour
Alvin was back again … and gave the Blackbutt Avocado Festival a big thumbs up

Avocado Central co-ordinator Sharon Ogden, from Mt Binga Orchards, with the Guess-The-Weight avocado

South Burnett Food Ambassador Jason Ford was doing avocado-themed cooking demonstrations in Memorial Hall
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, centre, with Janet and John Smith, from Kingaroy … the Mayor was getting ready for his turn on stage with chef Jason Ford preparing Bagel BLASTs
Festival organising sub-committee chairman Jeff Connor seemed happy with the way the day was going
Geoff Jacobson and Yasmin Spring were preparing avocado-based cocktails and mocktails in the Avo-bar-do at the Avocado Central Cafe
Blackbutt Camera Club had a display in the hall … from left, secretary Annette Schumacher, Betty Jay and Gerry van Moorsel
First Responder Robyn Bliss, Advanced Care Paramedic Lachlan Matthew and officer-in-charge Amy Bellchambers, from Yarraman QAS
The team from the Yarraman CWA were run off their feet in the kitchen and cafe
Action from the avocado wheelbarrow race … which involved, of course, avocados and wheelbarrows plus an obstacle course
The Panasonics Steel Band added some musical excitement to the parade and around the festival grounds
Matthew Wild was just one of the musicians on the live music program
Everywhere you looked – from Nukku Nook to the showgrounds oval – there were avocados of different shapes and sizes

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One Response to "Holy Guacamole! Blackbutt Was Big …"

  1. Joyce Sefton  September 17, 2019

    Congratulations Blackbutt on a great festival !!!!!!!


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