WELCOME to Home Hill’s Merry month of May – over four weeks of entertainment and events that provide for the enjoyment of all ages through arts and crafts activities as well as on the sporting fields.
SUGAR BOWL TENNIS:
As this issue of The Home Hill News is being prepared for printing, the annual Home Hill Tennis Association Sugar Bowl Tournament is coming to a close, with large numbers of people from as far away as Brisbane and Mareeba and many northern towns in between having converged on the town for the popular tournament, which has been more than 40 years in the making.
COWBOYS GIVE-AWAYS AT THE COMFORT STOP:
THE North Queensland Cowboys have provided the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce with a large number of marketing products to give away to school children in the town.
The donation of products follows questions to the North Queensland Rugby League Club about why Home Hill was not included in their promotional activities, such as one in which residents of 24 towns across the north, many of them smaller than Home Hill, could win an opportunity to participate in events at the opening game of this season.
Home Hill was also ignored when the NRL Premiership Trophy toured all of North Queensland and even further – but did not appear in Home Hill.
The donated products will be given away at the Comfort Stop on Saturday morning, May 6 along with other activities including the raffle of a football signed by Cowboys players and market stalls.
BURDEKIN CRAFT SPECTACULAR:
The Burdekin Uniting Church’s Craft Spectacular is again to be held at its original May date on Saturday, May 13, after successfully returning to the Burdekin Memorial Hall in December 2022.
The Craft Spectacular was forced to cease its displays during the extended COVID Pandemic, but the crowds were back when numerous craft stalls filled the hall and drew large numbers of people from throughout North Queensland in December.
There will be much to see and do when the Craft Spectacular is held on Saturday, May 13.
Any enquiries relevant to the Craft Spectacular should be directed to Judy Berryman (0428 877 883).
BURDEKIN GROWERS RACE DAY — BEERS AND CHEERS TO 25 YEARS:
ONE of the biggest regional race meetings around the nation will take place on the Home Hill track on Saturday, May 20 when the Burdekin Race Club hosts its annual Burdekin Growers Race Day.
There will be at least six races during the afternoon, highlighted by the running of the Carlton & United Breweries Burdekin Cup at 4.30pm over 1830 metres, while tens of thousands of prizes will be given away in the fashions stakes that draws fashionistas from all over North Queensland.
SWEET DAYS, HOT NIGHTS FESTIVAL including the AUSTRALIAN HAND CANE CUTTING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
TWO Major events over two days – the Burdekin Cultural Fair on Friday evening, May 26 featuring the First Cane Fire of the 2023 sugar crushing season; and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on Saturday, May 27.
Both events will take place at the former Home Hill Showgrounds with free entry into a unique opportunity to see activities that will not be seen anywhere else around the nation.
SWEET DAYS, HOT NIGHTS BOWLS EXTRAVAGANZA:
THE Home Hill Community Sports Club is adding to the feast of entertainment in Home Hill as they host their bowls extravaganza on their Club Bowling Green.
To be held on Sunday, May 28 in conjunction with the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival, the free bowling event commences with registrations by bowlers from 12.30pm ahead of the first session of bowls from 1pm ahead of a Sausage Sizzle from 5.30 before the Evening Session of bowls commences at 6.30pm.