BLAST TO THE PAST: Gleneden Family Farm's Rohan Morris leads the bullock team across the creek.
BLAST TO THE PAST: Gleneden Family Farm's Rohan Morris leads the bullock team across the creek. Sophie Lester

Southern Downs Heritage Festival set to go back in time

PROTECTION and promotion of the heritage of the region is the key focus of the upcoming Southern Downs Heritage Festival 2018.

A conglomerate of local community groups, tourist attractions and heritage-based businesses will work together to put on a huge series of events between April 20-29.

Co-ordinator Janice Flood said the group began meeting to organise this year's festival late last year.

"We have representatives from St Marks, Killarney and District Historical Society, the Warwick Potters, Gleneden Family Farm, Southern Downs town crier Bob Townshend, Fran Hockings, the Abbey of the Roses, Southern Downs Steam Railway, Glengallan Homestead, Bestbrook Mountain Resort, the Criterion Hotel and many others,” Mrs Flood said.

"They all decide what they're going to do each year and organise their own events and each year is different.

"I co-ordinate and bring it all together in a festival program.”

Visitors to the festival can expect events such as historical and local cemetery tours, blacksmithing and farming demonstrations and more.

Mrs Flood said the festival was appreciative of the support by way of grant from the Southern Downs Regional Council to be able to produce the festival programs.

"Programs will be available at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre and on the Southern Downs Heritage Festival Facebook page.”

For more information, email southerndownsheritage@gmail.com.



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