This attracts many farmers and people who think they can grow the largest pumpkin of the year. Not a real easy thing to do as I once tried growing pumpkins and mine did not work at all, so maybe I need to go to a pumpkin festival to learn the tricks of growing pumpkins. They are a versatile vegetable which you can use in both sweet and savoury meals and it would be great to be able to just to go outside and pick your own fresh pumpkins.
The next pumpkin festival for 2019 is the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival which will be held from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th May 2019 from 7.00 am till 4.00 pm. The address for this festival is Burnett Highway, (Corner Moore Street and Boonara Street) Goomeri.
While you're at this festival you could treat yourself to a variety of pumpkin foods including homemade pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread rolls, pumpkin and lamb sausages and the best pumpkin soup made from the festival's secret recipe.
Have a cup of billy tea, stew and damper. There is even a chance to win great prizes just by joining in and having fun. There will be a dress-up competition for the pumpkin pageant - check their website below for details.
Camping is available and there is free entry to the festival.
A Bit About Goomeri and The Festival The inaugural Goomeri Pumpkin Festival was held in June of 1997 under the name Goomeri, Town of 1911, Pumpkin Festival.
During the 1990s, Goomeri, like many other rural areas was having a bad drought and water shortages. The farmers and the local businesses were having a rough time and were at an all-time low.
There was a meeting held in the town to work out ways to improve the town's morale and dreadful business economy. At the meeting, one of the ideas put forward was to have a festival of some kind. Now pumpkins were traditionally grown in the area over many years and the idea of a Pumpkin Festival was born!
After that, a small band of enthusiastic supporters came together to organise the first festival. Many thought it would never work out and believed it to be a silly idea. The committee forged ahead and the first festival was held.
One of the fun parts of the festival was to have people rolling pumpkins down a hill. At the time this idea was so quirky or weird that it was appealing! Thus the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll was born and Policeman's Hill got its name.
The purpose of the festival was to bring people and money into the town to help with the economy and to offer country hospitality to the visitors whom organisers hoped would be attracted to the event. And, attract them they did! The first festival was attended by about 1000 and was a huge success. The local business owners were encouraged to open their doors for the festival and take advantage of the increased number of people in town.
Goomeri took a risk and it paid off. The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has continued to grow each year since 1997. So much so that it has received state, national and international recognition.
The festival has expanded over the years to include many more pumpkin based competitions including:
Giant pumpkin competition
Pumpkin quilt challenge
Decorated tea towel competition
The pumpkin power shot put
Also now on at this event are the many market stalls, the heritage and Outback Street Parade, whip cracking, working dog displays, horsemanship displays, roving entertainment and great pumpkin food.