September 30, 2019
Murgon’s Queensland Dairy Industry Museum is one of the South Burnett’s hidden gems although it often misses out on the limelight the region’s other features attract.
It is much more than a collection of a old buildings, which visitors to its annual Country Fair on Saturday quickly discovered.
A good crowd turned out to step back to yesteryear for a short time.
Visitors could take a cart ride around the large grounds, watch a horse being shoed and learn about spinning and weaving.
There were also multiple market stalls, many selling home-made treats that harked back to grandma’s culinary skills.
Old farm machinery was sprinkled around the grounds, bringing back memories for many visitors.
The key focus, of course, was “dairy”, which was formerly a major industry in the South Burnett with butter factories located in almost every town.
In the old bank building, visitors were chatting with volunteers as they pored over old photographs and bits’n’pieces from the heyday of the industry.
They could also take a turn at making butter in a hand-churn or enjoy a traditional Devonshire tea.
One of the highlights was a children’s scarecrow competition, judged by South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.
The winning entry was put together by Murgon Child Care.
Cloyna State School’s “Roo” won second prize, while Wheatlands State School was third.
Cr Duff told southburnett.com.au she found the judging very hard as all the entries were so good … in the end, she gave every entry a prize.
The Country Fair is the Dairy Industry Museum’s major fundraiser for the year.