30 April, 2021
Weekend Getaway: Steam Powered music and family weekend at Pioneer Park
THERE will be plenty of steam-powered entertainment for everyone this May 8 and 9 when the Historic Village Herberton presents its Pioneer Weekend Country & Folk Music Festival.
Talented crowd pleasers the Littmus Steampunk Band will be spreading the word about the joys of steam-powered machines, while a fully restored 1905 Marshall Steam Traction Engine will be fired up for a rattling demonstration of these early mechanical wonders.
The entertaining Littmus Steampunk Band describe themselves as a “ragtag bunch of time travellers from the great Victorian Age of exploration and invention”.
Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the annual Pioneer Weekend really brought the old mining village to life, especially with so many guests dressing up in period costume for the event.
“We hope to see old friends and new at this year’s Pioneer Weekend, the first since 2019,” Craig said.
The two-day program also features performances by Whiskey Boat, Now & Never, Dave Kirk, and Rough and Ready.
Pioneer Weekend entertainment also includes blacksmithing and other vintage skill displays, competitive wood chopping, vintage machinery demonstrations, and loads of other family fun, including games for the children, train rides, petting zoo and pack donkeys.
A special feature of the weekend is the pioneer ‘Fashions on the Field’, always hotly contested by ladies and gentlemen and youngsters dressed to impress in the fashion statements of yesteryear.
The Pioneer Weekend Country & Folk Music Festival will be held at the Historic Village Herberton, on the Atherton Tablelands, from 9am till 5pm on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9.
For more information about the heritage museum and the Pioneer Weekend, visit their website. www.historicvillageherberton.com.au/