A spectacular cane fire has heralded the start of celebrations for the 2017 Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.
Six hundred people converged on Gudjuda Home Hill Showgrounds on Wednesday night when about a hectare of cane, grown by volunteers, was burnt in preparation for the Championships this Saturday.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the fire was just the start of more festivities to come.
“We have cane cutters travelling to the Burdekin from all around Queensland to be part of the 2017 Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, which will be staged at Gudjuga Home Hill Showgrounds this Saturday,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“This year, the event is going to be bigger and better than before, with something for all the family.
“There will be free entertainment on offer throughout the day, children’s activities, food stalls and we’ll have more shade and seating this year.
“Wednesday’s First Cane Fire of the Season was a wonderful way to kick off the festivities. Council was thrilled to see so many people embracing the event, which included a paddock to plate long-table dinner and live music.”
Burdekin Shire Council is looking to develop the Championships into an iconic event for the region and is presenting this year’s event with support from the Queensland Government, Burdekin Tourism Association, Gudjuda Reference Group and the organising committee.
It will be held Saturday 3 June from 10am – 5pm at the Gudjuda Home Hill Showgrounds.
Entry is free and so are most of the activities.
There are six cane cutting competitions held throughout the day featuring age group categories, a ladies category and a top and load relay.
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.