Sweet Days, Hot Nights ahead

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is set to bring good old fashioned fun to Home Hill Showgrounds this 30 May and 2 June with food, entertainment and cultural activities for the whole family.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Sweet Days, Hot Nights would incorporate the First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships and package them with a range of family-friendly, festival-styled events.

“We wanted to ensure there would be lots of entertainment for children and families while celebrating and showcasing what is great about our region,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The First Cane Fire of the Season is set to light up the Showgrounds on Wednesday 30 May.

Cr McLaughlin said festival goers would enjoy food and live entertainment. “Adding another layer to the event this year will be the opportunity to take part in some cultural activities including a drum circle led by Rhythm Connection and a Burning Man ceremony,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The main event of the evening will see a roaring cane fire light up the night as our purpose grown crop is set alight, marking the first cane fire of the season in the Burdekin. This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to safely view a cane fire up close. It is an awe-inspiring sight.”

Entertainment and activities will commence at Home Hill Showgrounds from 5.30pm, with live music starting at 6pm.

The festivities continue at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on Saturday 2 June, when Home Hill Showgrounds is transformed into a fun-filled festival of entertainment, food and market stalls, fresh local produce and historical displays.

“Back bigger and better than ever before, this free, family-friendly event will have entertainment, food and market stalls not to mention seven cane cutting competitions featuring age group categories, a ladies category and a top and load relay,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There will be lots for children on the day including an animal farm, duck races, face painting and a craft tent.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival was being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and would kick-start a three-year campaign aiming to drive visitation to our region.

“We are very excited and look forward to the event growing over the years and becoming a feature festival in Queensland,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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