The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014 will see the third year of a festival that is a commemorative event celebrating the history and birth of the Darling Downs region; the men, women, personalities, challenges and triumphs that these pioneers faced – while changing and molding a 300,000sq.km landscape to form the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region we live in today.
The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears recreates life in 1890’s. Over three days visitors and competitors live the lives of these great pioneers and experience the thrills and freedom that the pioneering spirit inspires. Our aim is to reconnect people with our Australian values, culture and heritage bringing the city people to the country, international visitors to the region and the industry to the people.
The event this year will encompass the following:
• Relive the 1890’s period of Australiana. Complete with shearing competitions (blade and machine), food, activities, entertainment, steam powered shearing stands, re-enactment of the woolshed activities in its heyday with elevated viewing platforms right amongst the shearing action.
• Fine Dining: A grand banquet to open the festival, themed around Lamb inspired cuisine, including a fashion show featuring merino woollen garments and our fashion competition winners.
• Charity Auction: To be held as part of the Festival opening night, this will be a highlight with some fantastic items for auction. Proceeds will be donated to Careflight
• Fashion Festival: A fashion show and festival, which showcases wool and wool fibre products on a world class stage, bridging the gap from farm gate to front row.
This year’s fashion show is hosted by Cuneo events, Six shows over three days, by the same people who bring the Sydney Royal Easter show and Melbourne fashion festival to life. A signature event never before seen in Queensland.
• Model Makeover. Six lucky ladies will win a makeover by our experienced team at the festival. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page for more details, read the Toowoomba Chronicle or Queensland Country Life for a chance to win and keep up with our competitions.
One lucky lady will also win an introduction to leading agency, Viviens’, for an opportunity at stardom as a model.
• Schools Day: Friday is schools day, specifically set aside so students can not just read about our history, but live, feel and experience it.
• Trade expo: Industry and trade displays with a focus on the sheep & wool industry, pastoral and agricultural.
• Cooking shows: People can learn all the different cuts of Lamb, from BBQ inspired dishes, to cuisine that is easy to prepare and excites the entire family, recipes to take home and a cooking channel on our Jondaryan website to keep you inspired (coming soon)
Click here for: Accommodation, Package & Admission info (1)
The heart of the Woolshed at Jondaryan is the museum village. Everything that is standing on this site is authentic from the original Jondaryan station. The Woolshed itself is an original sheep-shearing shed with a rich history.
The Woolshed at Jondaryan is located half way between Toowoomba and Dalby, approximately 30 minutes from either city. Visitors from those cities can easily make the trip in a day. For visitors from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Woolshed is only a 2.5 hour drive.