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Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Goomeri is in Queensland's Kilkivan Shire and every year, on the last Sunday in May, around 14,000 visitors flock to the little town to enjoy the Pumpkin Festival.

The fun starts the night before the festival when everyone enjoys a country-style dinner, local wines and continuous dancing until midnight. The next morning the town is buzzing with the action of 200 market stalls being set up along the streets.

Watch Jules as he attempts to compete in the pumpkin roll!

Displays and entertainment varies each year. There may be working-dog demonstrations, whip cracking, Clydesdale competitions, square dancing, antique cars and even fashion parades. Music plays all day long, and specialty shops are open, as are local wineries.

The highlight of the festival is the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll. At 2pm, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are rolled and splattered down Policemans Hill. There's a lot of fun and laughter, with the rollers all competing for the prize money.

There's also plenty more pumpkin fun to be had with pumpkin bowls, decorated pumpkins, a giant pumpkin competition and a patchwork and quilt show.

As you would hope, there are plenty of delights for the hungry, including soup, damper, scones, pie and, of course, pumpkin. It's all about having fun, joining in competitions, enjoying delicious food, great entertainment and country hospitality.

Location

The town of Goomeri, 265km north-west of Brisbane.

Cost

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival entry is free. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for children to enter the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll. Pumpkin bowls costs $1 for three bowls. The festival will next be held on Sunday, May 31, 2009.

Prices correct at October 16, 2008.

For further information

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival
Ph: (07) 4168 1925
www.goomeri.org.au/pumpkinfest

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User comments
my family and i went last year, we saw jules from getaway there on a camel......heaps of things, loads of pumpkins...i love little country towns and you havta try the pumpkin fudge...even my son that does not eat pumpkin liked it....oh, and get a cookbook....great!

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