The fifth annual Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears will take place on September 2 to 4, at the historic Jondaryan Woolshed near Toowoomba.
The Festival is a celebration of the Australian sheep industry and the legendary man, Jackie Howe, who is famed for shearing a record-breaking 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes in 1892 – a record that has only been surpassed in more recent times using mechanical shears.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the Jackie Howe festival was just one of the great events on the calendar for the Southern Queensland Country in 2016. “Experiences are at the core of any destination event and I hope you come away from the Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears with some amazing Queensland memories.”
The Jondaryan Woolshed is the only fully functioning shearers shed of its kind in Australia. The 2016 Festival will feature all of the popular favourites, as well as some exciting new activities that further enhance the event’s goal of telling the story of the Australian sheep industry. Activities are scheduled across the weekend to appeal to everyone. Family entertainment including horse and cart rides, a petting zoo and crafts will appeal to the younger attendees. Shearing enthusiasts can enjoy a full program of shearing events, including the Queensland v Canterbury (NZ) challenge and blade shearing. Not just focusing on wool, the Runway to Runway Fashion show will include a Gala Banquet on Friday night, showcasing Australian lamb on the table.
For a full list of Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears events, visit the website.
Image via Jondaryan Woolshed