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Highfields Pioneer Village Easter Vintage Festival 2012

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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If you are looking for something besides bunnies and baskets this Easter, head to the 15th Annual Easter Vintage Festival at Highfields Pioneer Village.

Held on the Easter long weekend - Saturday, April 7 to Monday, April 9 - the theme of this year's festival is ''Experience the Atmosphere of Yesteryear'.

The Highfields Pioneer Village, established in 2000, is a non-profit organisation run solely by volunteers. Set on twenty acres of scenic surrounds, the village emcompasses over fifty historic buildings and pretty picnic grounds.

Visitors to the village can learn how to milk a cow, crack a whip, or be a blacksmith. Watch the Grand Parade to view some vintage cars, trucks, and tractors. Kids can pet some baby farm animals while parents will enjoy the live music. Sample some fantastic food including damper, freshly baked in a camp oven, and wash it down with some billy tea.

Displays and demonstrations include all aspects of pioneer life: silversmithing, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, heavy horses, vintage farm machinery, antique radios and electrical appliances, and arts and crafts from a bygone era.

A wide range of wonderful wood products from the Toowoomba Woodworkers will be on exhibit while local spinners will spin the wool right off a sheep's back.

Visit the beautifully restored buildings, including the Heritage Chapel, The Village Fashion Shop, and the Historic National Bank - but watch out for Ned Kelly, the notorious bush ranger.

With something for everyone, from the young to the not so young, this fun, family friendly festival is sure to please. The festival runs for three days, from 9:30am until 4pm daily.

Tickets cost $15 (adult), $5 (child) or $35 (family with 2 adults and up to 4 children). In keeping with the pioneering spirit, there are no eftpos or credit card facilities.

Highfields Pioneer Village is located 15 minutes drive north of Toowoomba, 3 kilometres off the New England Highway. Barbecues and picnic tables are available.
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Why? Experience the life of a pioneer
When: Saturday, April 7 until Monday, April 9, 2012
Where: 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields
Cost: $15 adult, $5 child, $35 family
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