Dayboro Day Festival
The Festival and Fair is an opportune time for locals and tourists to explore the gorgeous Dayboro Valley area, uncover its hidden gems and experience all that this quaint rural township has to offer.
Since 1991 this festival, organised by the Dayboro Progress Association, has grown to attract over 20,000 visitors to our beautiful country town. Dayboro is located at the foot of the D’Aguilar Ranges, 21 km’s N/W of Petrie. Come and experience a touch of rural hospitality from our historical town, before it is to late.
Our festival just gets bigger and better each year. This year will be no exception.
Our line up of events & attractions includes:
- Antique & Collectables Fair
- Combined Church Service
- Kids ‘Passport to Fun’
- Street parade
- Official opening & Awards ceremonies
- Waterless raft race
- Pineapple pie eating competition
- Helicopter rides
- All day live entertainment
- Dayboro Conversations
- Homemade Jams, Lollies and Cakes many made be local groups
- Heaps of craft stalls
- White elephant stall
- A massive book stall operated by our Dayboro Scouts
- Grocery Wheel run by Dayboro State School
- Dayboro Historical Society Display
- Animal Farm
- Police and Ambulance Displays
- Fire Engines
- Local Blacksmiths in action
- Rides for the children and many more attractions
There are heaps of food stalls, and these backed up by our local shops such as:
- The Famous Dayboro Sausage Man (Dayboro Butchery)
- The Dayboro Bakery
- Rendezvous at Dayboro – Coffee shop & Book shop
- The Dayboro Café
- Terahs Restaurant
- Post & Rail Restaurant
- Mill Creek Cafe
Official Opening & Awards Ceremonies
On this day we also present our Dayboro Community Awards:
- ‘Resident of the Year’,
- ‘Young Achiever’ and
- ‘Business Recognition’ Awards.
This is a great honor for the recipients, who work and live in Dayboro, contribute to the progress and status of our little town. They are chosen from a great bunch of hard working people, who are part of the select group of Daborians. We invite our Mayor, our local Councillor, our State Member, and our Federal Member to present the Dayboro Community Awards, which remain a secret right up to their presentation on the day.
The Official Opening and these presentations take part on the stage (near the pool) at 11am.
Dayboro Antique & Collectables Fair
In 2007 the Dayboro Antique and Collectables Fair was introduced, it has proven to be a great success for antique dealers and those who are interested in antiques. It promises to be an exciting time full of surprises for the avid Collector or the first timer, it is also the only event that is under cover. . There will be a multitude of fine English, European, Continental and, of course, our own Australian Wares. There will be something to suit everybody and even the most conservative taste.
Experienced Valuers will be in attendance to give “a verbal appraisal”, this is an estimate as you can understand due to the volume of requested appraisals it is impossible to provide you an exact value without thorough research. The Verbal Appraisal can be seen as a guideline, giving you an indication if you have something valuable to persue or something that has only value to You.
There will be a small charge for this: $2.00 per item. (Limit 3 items per person) Bring along that favorite piece you have acquired or maybe something that has been handed down as a family heirloom.
A silent auction and a lucky door prize will be run at the day.
Cost for entry to Antique & Collectables Fair:
- Adults $6.00
- Children under 16 free.
All monies raised will go to a local community cause.
- TIMETABLE TBA
‘Kids Passport to Fun’
Kids collect their passport from the Dayboro District Progress Association “headquarters” at the Conversations marquee, find the 8 venues, have their Passport stamped and collect their ‘treasure’.
When complete, place their Passport entry in the marked box back at the stage in Roderick Cruice Park by 2pm.
At 2.15pm 20 lucky entrants will be drawn and will each receive a $25 book voucher to choose their own prize from the book store.
Pineapple Pie Eating Competition
This event is heaps of fun for competitors and onlookers alike! Nominate at the Roderick Cruice Park stage before 2pm. Twelve lucky (or maybe unlucky) contestants will be drawn from the entry box – and then the fun begins! Who can devour a Pineapple Pie the fastest – without hands?
You need to nominate for this at the stage (near the pool), before 2pm.
All day entertainment!
- Juzzie Smith
- Bumbles the Balloonatic
Stall ready for business from 9am
The When, Where & How
The festival is held on the last Sunday in May every year. The day begins with a Combined Church Service at 8.00am in the grounds of the Uniting Church in Williams Street. The Grand Street Parade commences around 10.00 am.
FREE PARKING is available at the Dayboro Showgrounds and a FREE SHUTTLE BUS service operates throughout the day, ferrying passengers between the Showgrounds and the township – Although, if you prefer, it is but a leisurely stroll through parklands right into the bustling activity at the Festival.
The main street, Williams Street, and also Heathwood Street, are closed to all traffic from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Please note all Dayboro Day Festival events and program are subject to change without notice, photos courtesy of Nadine Andersen.