FIELD DAY: Pioneer Park Museum’s grand parade at the weekend.
FIELD DAY: Pioneer Park Museum’s grand parade at the weekend. Jessica Bahr

A busy weekend at Pioneer Park

WITH vintage machinery, tractors and a variety of exhibits, Pioneer Park Museum’s field days took locals and visitors on a trip back in time last weekend.

The field days showcased power-plants, tractor pulling, country singing and more, with exhibitors coming from throughout Queensland and into New South Wales.

Vice-president and publicity officer Jimmy McCotter said the weekend was a success by all measures.

“It was a wonderful success, one of the best we’ve had for years,” he said.

“It’s all about celebrating our rural heritage, and seeing how the rural scene progressed from the horse drawn era and everything was labour intensive, to the beginning of the mechanisation of the industry, up to the present day.

“The visiting exhibitors personally came up and said they had a really good time and booked in for next year which is great.

“We wanted to showcase everything we could. The food stalls were amazing and sold how in every category. They had go go and get more and they still sold our. All in all it was terrific.”

Pioneer Park Museum is one of Dalby’s major tourist attractions, and displays one of the largest collections of working pioneer tractors and agricultural machinery in Queensland, as well as authentic colonial buildings and heritage items.

Their displays include (but are not limited to) old hand tools and implements used in the pioneering days, a blacksmiths shop, an antique firearm collection, a rare Chandler Hearse (one of only two left in the world) and a massive collection of Aboriginal artefacts.

The Dalby Family History Society is also based at the museum and is available to assist people in researching their family history.

The Field Day weekend is held on the fourth weekend of May each year and regularly draws large crowds.

After being impressed at a previous visit, camera crews of Channel Seven’s Queensland Weekender even attended the event on Sunday to film footage for an upcoming feature.

“They were very impressed, they had a really good time,” Mr McCotter said.

“It’s quite important for our town as a major tourist attraction, even throughout the year we have visitors from all around Australia.”

“We’ve even had international visitors who have written back and said were one of the most diversified complexes they’ve seen in and that we cover so many aspects of yesterday’s life.”


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