Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Pitchers Primed for Sheaf Toss

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Pitchers Primed for Sheaf Toss

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IT'S that time of year again in Allora Co Spring has sprung and it's the time of fetes and fairs.

St Patrick's Parish Annual Fete will see the grounds of St Patrick's Church and School abuzz on October 19, while the St David's Anglican Parish Fete will also be a hive of community activity on October 26.

A major drawcard for St Patrick's Fete is the Queensland Sheaf Pitching Championships, an event hosted at the annual fete for some years now.

Championships organiser and current state champion Jason Denny is seeing a steady influx of contenders nominating.

The sheaf pitching is a tradition synonymous with the popular fete, with pitchers testing their brawn as they attempt to hurl a 4kg straw stuffed bag over a horizontal bar above the competitor's head with a pitch fork.

It you fancy a toss in the St Patrick's 2012 Queensland Sheaf Pitching titles, nominate by calling Jason Denny on 0448 612 799.

The younger generation thoroughly enjoyed Viv's Farmyard Shearing Shed and Animal Nursery at last year's fete, with the collection of lambs, goats, ducklings, chickens and piglets, along with Viv's sheep shearing demonstration all on show again this year.

The fete, as always, will feature a great array of entertainment, stalls and delights for the whole family along with the traditional Lyn-D-Jo fashion parade and the Anything Goes Challenge that draw the curtain on the evening.

Historic machinery

THE wheels are turning and clinking already with less than four months until the Allora Heritage Weekend transforms the Allora Showgrounds into historical yesteryear, one of the nation's premier gatherings of historical machinery.

Organisers of the event, the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club, had a taste of the event to come when they attended the 19th Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland rally at Gatton Showgrounds over the past weekend.

Allora-based vehicle and machinery restorers Ted Woodrow, Graeme McMillan and Merv Pamenter attended the weekend, Ted and Graeme members of their organisation since its beginnings, both having also displayed machinery at the inaugural HCVAQ rally in 1992. …

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