Posted on 13th September 2016


5,000 Visitors to The Woolshed

1,500 at the Inaugural Woolshed Bash

500 students learning about shearing life

A snapshot of the industry from farm to fashion



That’s a wrap!


The 2016 Jackie Howe Festival is done and dusted for another year. We had such a great weekend with more than 5,000 families, couples, locals and visitors to Queensland joining us at The Woolshed for the weekend.


We have to say thank you to everyone involved including our volunteers and most importantly - YOU! - the folks that came and celebrated the pioneering spirit with us over the three days of the Festival.


While it is hard for us to pick a favourite activity at the festival, it’s fair to say, the Father’s Day Challenge on Sunday was a massive hit. Seeing Dad’s compete by trying to pen at least three sheep out the field was fun and hilarious at points. A great way to bridge the connection between city and country. Hearing kids cheer on their Dads from the sidelines made it all the more special.


And what about our inaugural Woolshed Bash on Saturday night where Mick Lindsay rocked the stage with some of his new tracks from his EP This Song?


Of course, amidst the fun and activities of The Woolshed, the festival is a platform for competitors from all around Australia and New Zealand to compete in our sheep shearing, wool handling and utility dog trials. This year we saw Daniel McIntyre take out the sheep shearing title for the third time. Coming out ahead in both quality and time, McIntyre won with a total time just over 11 minutes and 30 seconds. Tara-local Erin Fry took home the trophy for woolhandling and Eric Tighe for the utility dog trials.


This year, the trophies weren’t just any trophy, though! This year’s trophies held special meaning for all competitors, having been made by Jackie Howe’s granddaughter and from reclaimed materials from the shed where the legendary shearer achieved his unbroken record in Barcaldine so many years ago!


Out of the yard, the festival celebrated the fashion created from our wool industry with our Runway2Runway Gala. If you saw any of the snaps from the night it looked and felt a lot like a high-fashion runway show. Following on Saturday with our Farm2Fibre luncheon and we hear the lamb menu was a huge hit alongside the fashion!


Congratulations to local Toowoomba model Laurie Oxenford who won the festival’s emerging model competition and Georgia Smith took home the award for emerging fashion designer. Georgia will now travel to Sydney to spend three days being mentored by iconic Australian fashion designer, Nicola Finetti.


With all the excitement over for another year, be sure to keep your eyes posted for details of next year’s Festival. We have a feeling it is going to be bigger and better than ever before!