The Westerner

DAYBORO DAY: Historic town comes alive

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Samsonvale Rural Fire Brigade wacky wheelbarrow racers Trevor Brown, Steve Arkell and James Wade.

Samsonvale Rural Fire Brigade wacky wheelbarrow racers Trevor Brown, Steve Arkell and James Wade.

The main street of Dayboro comes alive every year on the last Sunday in May.

That’s when the Dayboro Day Festival results in a sea of people flooding Williams Street, with more than 20,000 visitors setting foot in the historic town, founded by European settlers in 1867.

Now in its 19th year, Dayboro Day is the ideal way to soak up the country atmosphere, less than an hour from the heart of Brisbane City.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the event, held in the charming “Town of Yesteryear”, would close the Pine Rivers Festival, which runs from 22 to 30 May.

“I’d advise festivalgoers to stick around for this event because Dayboro Day is one of the highlights of the festival,” he said.

“The township really puts on a show and people can expect to see the main street erupt in colour and clamour with live bands, great food, entertainment, craft markets, antiques, collectables and amusement rides.

“There also will be great competitions, wheelbarrow races and a street parade – it’s a day not to be missed.”

The festival, which also incorporates the Dayboro Antique and Collectables Fair at the Dayboro Showgrounds, kicks off with a combined churches service at 8am, followed by a grand street parade of community groups at 10am.

There is no shortage of sounds and sights throughout the day, with two stages of entertainment and roving performers offering everything from country music, choirs and brass bands, to belly dancing, Tai Kwon Do demonstrations and pie eating contests.

You can also find an animal farm, pony rides, craft and food stalls, emergency services displays, local blacksmiths in action, Kids Passport to Fun and more.

Among the highlights of the day will be two new events, the Great Dayboro Day Debate Debacle and the Wacky Wheelbarrow Relay.

In the tongue-in-cheek debate, to judged by the mayor, laughs are assured as locals argue whether or not Dayboro should be the capital of Queensland.

Replacing the Waterless Raft Race, and sporting a country theme, the Wacky Wheelbarrow Relay will see teams dressed as bushrangers race their decorated wheelbarrows to collect bags of gold and barrels of rum.

Dayboro Day will also feature the presentation of the annual Dayboro Community Awards, recognising local residents and businesses that have helped shape and improve life in the township.

So come and enjoy a day in the country enjoying the sights, sounds and smells that have made Dayboro Day a success for two decades.

Free parking is available at the Dayboro Showgrounds, on Mt Mee Road. Free shuttle bus services will operate throughout the day to ferry visitors between the showgrounds and the township.

For more about the Dayboro Day Festival or the Dayboro region visit

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