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Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular

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A weekend of Scottish celebrations
Winter has arrived. Now is the perfect time to journey to the country to experience some warm hospitality. Celebrating the magnificent working horse and Boonah's rich Scottish traditions, the 2017 Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular is not to be missed.

Clydesdale, Clydesdale Spectacular, Scenic Rim, Boonah

Held on the 17th and 18th of June 2017 at the Boonah Showgrounds, the festival features highland dancing, pipes and drums, caber tossing and some of the top bred Clydesdales in Australia.

This is the third year the Spectacular has featured the Fassifern Highland Gathering. Opening with a Quaich ceremony, where a silver vessel filled with Highland Whiskey is shared between dignitaries, representing a cup of welcome; the event continues with the Grand Parade and the Calling of the Clans.

Pipe and drum bands from around Queensland join forces for the Grand Parade, creating a stirring rendition of Scottish tunes while adding a touch of Aussie zest.

Pipes and Drums
Pipes and Drums

The Scottish fayre bursts with flavour. These Scottish delights may include the "Wee Beasties of the Glen" Haggis meatballs served with stovies and whisky gravy, "Cullen Skink" fish soup; and "Black 'n' Tan" bacon and black pudding sliders. There are also plenty of Aussie options on the menu including billy tea and damper.

The Clydesdale program is packed with competitions, championships, auctions, demonstrations and workshops. Russ Roberts, a Scenic Rim local, works skillfully in his shoeing demonstration. Specialising as a heavy horse farrier, Roberts has placed in many Ekka competitions.

Horse Shoeing Demonstration
Horse Shoeing Demonstration

The festivities continue into the night with the Wheelwright Campfire Dinner, held in a large shed in the showgrounds. Purchasing tickets in advance for this dinner is recommended.

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Why? Clydesdales and Scottish Festivities
When: From 9am
Phone: 0407960029
Where: Boonah Showgrounds
Cost: $5 per person. $35 for the dinner.
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