Goomeri Pumpkin Festival!!

I’d never heard of the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival but I ended up only 60kms away from it so I went along to have a look.

I had a fabulous time. There were tons of stalls selling fabulous stuff.

Kathryn - one of the lovely stall holders who made beautiful felt hats. She was so nice.

Kathryn – one of the lovely stall holders who made beautiful felt hats. She was so nice! I tried on al; the hats and bought this one so I will be the trendiest quad bike rider in the Coolatai District in winter.

I bought some pumpkin fudge!! Can you believe it!! And it tasted like pumpkin and is delicious. I was chatting to the lady who makes it. There is also a watermelon festival – someone suggested to her that she makes watermelon fudge!! She wasn’t too sure about how it would turn out.

The main stage had lots of different music on it.

The crowd getting whipped up by some great music.

The crowd getting whipped up by some great music.

Lots of people stopped to enjoy the enthusiastic entertainers……..

Sitting back enjoying some golden oldies which everyone seemed to know.

Sitting back enjoying some golden oldies which everyone seemed to know.

…..or walk away!!

The band was playing. The kids were racing around. And granny was just rolling across!!

The band was playing. The kids were racing around. And granny was just rolling across the centre of it all!!

There was pumpkin every things imaginable. Every article of clothing I think was available in orange with some motif of a pumpkin on it.

Colour everywhere!!

Colour everywhere!!

There were so many edible variations of it – along with damper made in a camp oven and pumpkin sausages!!

Damper in the camp oven. It smelt wonderful.

Damper in the camp oven. It smelt wonderful.

You could try your hand a pumpkin bowls or pumpkin shot put or pumpkin rolling.

Pumpkin Bowling!! 4 pumpkins to try to get close to the jack!!

Pumpkin Bowling!! 4 pumpkins to try to get close to the jack!!

I saw the pumpkin rolling. Literally waves of people lines up on top of a street in Goomeri, armed with their own pumpkin, and rolled it down a hill to see how far their pumpkins could roll. It was crazy – hundreds of people lining up with their pumpkins. THe hill was littered with smashed pumpkins and badly gravel rashed pumpkins and ones that sadly hit the gutters and the miracle pumpkins which hopped the gutter at the bottom of the hill and rolled on into the park.

The starting line for the pumpkin roll - and some pumpkins flying down the hill

The starting line for the pumpkin roll – and some pumpkins flying down the hill

One of the many waves of Pumpkin Rollers!

One of the many waves of Pumpkin Rollers!

The pumpkins that didn't make it across the gutter at the bottom of the hill. I noticed a few little old ladies surreptitiously taking the odd one or five rolled pumpkin from under the barrier!!

The pumpkins that didn’t make it across the gutter at the bottom of the hill. I noticed a few little old ladies surreptitiously taking the odd one or five rolled pumpkin from under the barrier!!

I meet these pumpkin heads there!! I love it when people just dive right into the spirit of a party. They add so much for all of us. I’m sure they have the best fun and meet the most other crazy, outrageously fun people.

Some pumpkin rollers I meet. Seriously - it all went to their head I think!!

Some pumpkin rollers I meet. Seriously – it all went to their head I think!!

There were all sorts of other things on too. When I picked up my programme the guy said go and see Guy MacLean – as if I should know who Guy MacLean in. So I went along – a local’s suggestion has to be a good one. And it was. Guy is a World Champion on a horse – or two or three or five…… He was just so incredible getting his horses to do what he wanted them to do. It seemed without effort but I’m sure the old “Over 10,000 hours and you can master anything” rule of thumb.

Guy McLean, Horseman from Susan River, winner of this years Road to the Horse World Colt Starting Championships - (I don't follow horse competitions at all) - this makes him a world champion - it was obvious.

Guy MacLean, Horseman from Susan River, winner of this years Road to the Horse World Colt Starting Championships – (I don’t follow horse competitions at all) – this makes him a world champion – it was obvious.

Guy never had to get on the horse - his horses came down to him. I think I could take up riding if it was this easy to get on!!

Guy never had to get on the horse – his horses came down to him. I think I could take up riding if it was this easy to get on!!

Guy managed these 5 horses more or less with the twist of his arm or the turning of his shoulders or angle of his head - and I think a lot of horse ESP as all the formations and skills displayed by his horses seemed effortless. By all 6 of them (5 horses and their human mate!).

Guy managed these 5 horses more or less with the twist of his arm or the turning of his shoulders or angle of his head – and I think a lot of horse ESP as all the formations and skills displayed by his horses seemed effortless. By all 6 of them (5 horses and their human mate!).

This was so incredible. One horse sat down and the other 4 horse walked sideways over her. They all seemed to project that this is a normal thing for horses to do. Can you see the horse on the ground? SHe was very content being there even when the other missed their footings a little!

This was so incredible. One horse sat down and the other 4 horse walked sideways over her. They all seemed to project that this is a normal thing for horses to do. Can you see the horse on the ground? SHe was very content being there even when the other missed their footings a little!

Next to Guy was this man doing a demonstration with his bullock team. Huge creatures who worked perfectly as a team.

Gleneden Bullock Team demonstration. The guy was standing on the bullock's back. He was very cool!

Gleneden Bullock Team demonstration. The guy was standing on the bullock’s back. He was very cool!

There were bush poets taking the Mickey out of the city slickers. I loved Gary Fogarty.

Gary Fogarty - a bush poet. He was so funny. He had written a poem about clonning himself - based on a newspaper article. It wa sooo funny.

Gary Fogarty – a bush poet. He was so funny. He had written a poem about clonning himself – based on a newspaper article. It was hard to laugh and listen at the same time.

One of Gary Fogarty's audience who loved it all.

One of Gary Fogarty’s audience who loved it all.

Trully a fun day. If you’re within cooee of this festival next year go and have a few pumpkin filled hours.

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