A SERIES of events included in the 2022 Home Hill Harvest Festival Program have been successfully completed as the Sixtieth festival winds down towards the finale of major events in the first week of November.
October has been filled with a number of programmed events, which Festival President, Mark Vass has described as being very successful with strong crowds in attendance.
The annual Students’ Ball, on Friday, October 7, is always one of the most popular events for the teenage population and this year was no exception as the Memorial Hall was filled with students from all Burdekin High Schools who were dressed in their finest fashionable outfits for a night not to be forgotten.
Sport featured on the Festival Program the next day, as the Town of Origin competitions at the High School drew and a crowd estimated by Mr Vass at over 500 for cricket, netball and rugby league games against long-time rivals, Home Hill and Ayr.
Home Hill was successful in winning the cricket at the netball, while Ayr gained the ascendency in the rugby league with a “narrow victory”.
A good crowd also supported the “Ironman” events, which were featured on the program on Friday, October 21, even though it was weather affected as the competitors joined in the various junior and senior events to gain the best times.
Saturday, October 29 was an important day on the Festival Program with runners showing their ability in the King and Queen of the Hill – competing for superiority in a run up the road on Inkerman Hill and coming down via the walking tracks on the opposite side.
Sponsored by Guardian Pharmacy, the runners lined up for an early start at 6.30am.
Saturday afternoon drew hundreds of racing fans and fashionistas to the Burdekin Race Club for the annual Derby Day Races, featuring the main event, the Justin Scott Memorial over 1830 metres, sponsored by True North Interiors P/L.
The popular Pet Show, sponsored by My Pets, on Wednesday, November 2, leads into the. Home Hill Rotary Club’s Gala Festival Ball at the Burdekin Memorial Hall, on Friday evening, November 4.
The Grand Parade and Mardi Gras Street Party on Saturday, November 5, will bring the entire Festival Program to a fun-filled conclusion with huge crowds expected to fill Home Hill main street and Watson’s Green area.