The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2013 is a commemorative event celebrating the history and birth of the Darling Downs region, our Australian culture and our pastoral identity from the sheep’s back.

Telling the story of where we have come from and where we are going. From early settlers, the challenges and triumphs that our pioneers, heroes and icons faced, while changing and moulding a 300,000sq.km landscape to form the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region we live in today.

Be at the Woolshed at Jondaryan on September 6th, 7th and 8th 2013 to celebrate our history and culture.

From the past, “A trip back in time”: The iconic Woolshed is fired-up as it was in the 1890s, under full steam power – all the stands in action, shearers at the ready. Roustabouts, tar boys, wool handlers are all in action as the Woolshed is brought to life again.

The present “Australia’s richest shearing competition”: The Jackie Howe Invitational, each state of Australia and New Zealand being represented, all competing for the Jackie Howe Medallion.

The future: “Decades of Wool 2013” features fashion from Australia’s top designers in Wool, Alex Perry, Sabatini and twelve other designers of international acclaim.  “Decades of wool” is our story, showing how wool has changed our lives and where it is taking us. Presented by international celebrity Lizzie Wagner

A Truly unique festival:

Get up close to the action.  Suspended scaffolding allows you to walk over the pens, watching the shearers as they go blow for blow, making sure no one is faster. Watch as they handle the woolclip, fill and press the bales, just as they did in the 1890s and get the clip ready for transport.

The Grand Banquet: The must see, must do event of 2013. Join in on Friday 6th September for a superb four-course dinner prepared by our guest international chefs with the regions finest wines and beers to enjoy. The highlight of the evening is two fashions shows “Decades in Wool” Australia’s finest wool fashion.

Camping and accommodation: All onsite

Fashion shows and competitions. Two fashion shows per day, Two workshops per day, careers and wardrobe image, matching new trends with your favourites.

Plus all the other attractions of a truly unique Australian Experience

·     Schools day (Friday)

·     The Outback Riders

·     Working dog trials

·     Games and family fun

·     Re-enactments – 1890s comes alive

·     Australian and outback skills, camp oven stews, damper making, whips and blacksmithing

·     Arts, crafts and specialities stands. The regions finest artisan’s on display

·     Guided history and schools tours

·     Live Music & Entertainment on the Green

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