On September 15th, the community of Witta will gather together to honour a unique pioneering history at Wittafest 2018.
There will be guided tours of the area and a festive local music. Scenes and vestiges of the original Teutoberg- the former Witta, will be captured and on display including antique cars, old cultivating tools, and costumes. There will be fun and games, homemade food, and locally brewed craft and German beers for tasting. You can also pose for a family portrait dressed in the old-fashioned garb of a bygone era. There will be a guided tour of the cemetery, an original reminder of 'Teutoburg' memorialising first German settlers, and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be open for visitors.
This year's festival moves toward a "fair" theme with local community groups invited to participate with a range of stalls. This event is free, providing fun for the kids and family, and is an opportunity to learn about the region's past.
Historic Witta cemetry. There will be guided tours here. Image from Wikipedia
Witta has an interesting, industrious history. German settlers arrived in the area in the late 1870's and cultivated the land, establishing their first crops and farming stock. Through hard manual labour, they built the foundations of a place to call home. The town was originally named Teutoburg by the German settlers and in 1916 it was renamed Witta, a name which may be derived from the aboriginal word wetya meaning dingo.
Witta is a small, hidden gem of a town characterised by lush green vistas and a peaceful atmosphere. There is a lone general store in its centre, lovely homesteads on sprawling acreages and farms, and the excellent once a month Growers and Producers market is worth the visit.
This is an event which promotes community unity, preserves and acknowledges the history of place, and a celebration of a small yet thriving and present community spirit on the Sunshine Coast.
The quaint Lutheran church of Witta will be open to festival visitors. Image credit from churchesaustralia.org