Home Hill News

Festival’s Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations

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WITH the official launch of the 2022 Home Hill Harvest Festival out of the way, along with the opening of the Ephemera entries and official judging, the festival will now move on to a myriad of events in October, leading into the finale at the Grand Parade and Street Party early in November.

September’s program also included a Sixtieth Anniversary Harvest Festival Gala High Tea, with participants saying the event “went extremely well”, with praise extended to “organiser, Peta-Anne Broadhead and her crew, who did an amazing job of organising and running the event”.

THE Harvest Festival now moves into a busy October Program, commencing with the Students’ Ball to be conducted by the Home Hill High School at the Burdekin Memorial Hall on Friday evening, October 7.

The popular event attracts students from all High Schools throughout the district who find their way to the venue in varying forms of transport while dressed in all their finery, as they are judged during the evening to find the Belle and the Beau of the Ball.

The rivalry between the towns of Ayr and Home Hill comes to the fore on Saturday, October 8, as the Town of Origin sporting games are played on the Home Hill High School ovals in the fields of Cricket, Netball and Rugby League.

Saturday, October 21 features the search for the Ironman winner, while on October 29, competitors will vie for the King and Queen of the Hill Title at Inkerman Hill.

On the same afternoon, the Burdekin Race Club will be the centre of attention for Derby Day at the Home Hill Track, where there will be keen racing on the recently upgraded racetrack, with the feature event being the Justin Scott Memorial while hundreds of women will enjoy an afternoon of Derby Day fashions.

Sunday, October 30 will highlight Thanksgiving Services at various local churches. 

Into November, the annual Pet Show will take place on Watson’s Green on November 2, leading into the Harvest Festival Finale weekend, featuring the annual Harvest Festival Ball and crowning of the Personality and Charity Queens.

Those titles will be handed over to the winners at the Ball on Friday evening, November 4 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall, with the winning Queen entrants then leading the Grand Parade down Eighth Avenue on Saturday, November 5.

The 2022 Harvest Festival will come to an end after the Mardi Gras to be held in and around Watsons Green in Ninth Street and Ninth Avenue, where a feast of food stalls will feed the large crowd, while artists will keep everyone entertained on stage amongst the many stalls and carnival attractions.