Celebrate the Australian wool industry and one of its most revered legends at the Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears at the historic Jondaryan Woolshed from September 2 to 4.
Visitors to the festival will experience what life was like for the pioneers who paved the way for the Australian sheep wool and meat industry. They will be transported back in time to the 1890s, the heyday of the Jondaryan Woolshed, in the Woolshed Re-enactment. There’s an opportunity to get a glimpse of what it was like inside the world’s oldest and largest shearing shed in Australia’s premier wool-growing region, where more than 500,000 sheep were shorn each year.
Other highlights of the festival include Australia’s richest shearing and wool handling competition, blade shearing demonstrations, fashion shows, a Farm2Fibre long lunch, sheep dog trials, Toowoomba Farmers Market, traditional trades and crafts demonstrations, the Saturday night concert under the stars with Mick Lindsay, and more. Sunday is family day, with the men of the household being celebrated with some special Father’s Day activities. Visitors can have a picnic, explore the Toowoomba Farmers Market and enter dad into the Father’s Day Challenge for a bit of fun.
Friday night’s Runway To Runway Gala Banquet is a premier black tie event during the festival which will pair high-end fashion with the iconic Woolshed, to showcase the connection between the sweat of the shearing shed and glamour of the fashion world. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, premium beverages and an exclusive fashion show featuring designs by Alex Perry, Toni Maticevski, Nicola Finetti and more. This year’s event ambassador is internationally renowned designer Nicola Finnetti.
Spend some time in the glorious Queensland countryside, and take home a little part of Australia’s history that will be forever etched into your memory. Ticket sales open online in June 2016.