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1 October, 2021

Babinda Harvest Festival returns

BABINDA is all geared up for its first Harvest Festival in two years.

By David Gardiner

Like so many other events, the annual festival had to be cancelled last year due to COVID.

Cairns Regional Council has given $25,000 towards the festival to help stage it.

Funds have been raised at a couple of pre-festival functions for the well-attended
local event.

A high tea, catered for by students from the local schools, and the six Harvest Festival princesses lined up in a glittering atmosphere to present themselves at a ball in the spacious RSL Hall.

One of them will be announced as Harvest Queen on the Festival’s main day, Saturday, October 9.

On the afternoon of the Saturday, Babinda will hear the roar of farm machines as the great tractor pull – one of the key events featuring at least 30 machines – gets rolling at the Bill Wakeham Park Showground.

Vintage cars, floats and dancers will join in a colourful parade through the main street, Munro Street in the town to the ground, where a stage will be set up for the judging of competitions, entertainment and kids’ rides.

Local as well as state-wide businesses have thrown their support behind the Harvest Festival – as sponsors for
the ‘princesses’.


Highlights on the day will include:

● Tractor pull at Bill Wakeham Park

● Resin Art Workshop at the State Hotel from 9am to 11am

● Parade through Munro Street featuring floats, vintage cars, dancers and marchers, from after lunch

● Food Stalls and Vans at Bill Wakeham Park

● Market Day in Munro Street including a range of cake & plant stalls, arts & crafts, carvings and other
local products

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