Big festival has Goomeri gearing up

JUDGE THE ANGLE: Winning the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll is a mix of skill and chance.
JUDGE THE ANGLE: Winning the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll is a mix of skill and chance. Rhiannon Tuffield

EACH year Goomeri Pumpkin Festival's Fay Stumm delights in seeing the town light up when the festival - and pumpkins - roll in.

"Goomeri just buzzes with traffic and people, parades, food - everyone's happy," she said.

"To stand on the hill and watch the town explode with people on festival day is just incredible - it's lovely."

Ms Stumm said there was plenty of new entertainment at this year's festival.

"We've got pig racing, an artist will carve elaborate designs in fruit and there will be stalls and pumpkin competitions," she said.

Ms Stumm said the highlight of the festival was the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll where up to 600 contestants line up at the top of Policeman's Hill and roll a pumpkin down the hill, across the road and up the gully on the other side.

"People come from as far as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and interstate to take part in this competition," she said.

Other pumpkin-related competitions include the Pumpkin Shot-put and Pumpkin Pull, in which teams of three pull a sled of pumpkins up a hill.

"It's a bit of a pinch," Ms Stumm said.

All day entertainment will take place on the main stage and a pumpkin pageant will delight.

The amazing Rooftop Express cattle show will also make an appearance this year.

Horseman Dave Manchon's first class arena spectacular, family-friendly show features Australian comedy and electrifying stunts all based around an amusing storyline.

This year he will bring in a semi-trailer, specially built with a prime mover and his trained cattle will run up the ramp and stand there like statues without any enclosure around them.

Foodies will unite as esteemed Australian chefs Matt Golinski, Glenn Barratt and Jason Ford give cooking demonstrations in Dickinson Park.

Participants roll their pumpkins down Policeman’s Hill to take out the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll.
Participants roll their pumpkins down Policeman’s Hill to take out the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll. Louise Cheer

Recipes will be based on local produce and, of course, there will be plenty of pumpkins.

The Pumpkin Pageant in the Heritage and Outback Street Parade will encourage everyone to pull out their favourite pumpkin-inspired frocks.

First place prizes will be given to Open and Junior entries.

This year the festival invites everyone out to Goomeri to bring out funky pumpkin-inspired outfits and paint the town orange.

Get into the swing of things by attending the Town of 1911 licensed dinner dance on Festival eve on May 30.

The Town of 1911 Dinner Dance is a full country-style event, with a hearty country-style dinner menu.

Then dance the night away to live music and celebrate the opening of the festival.

This year's festival on Sunday, May 31 will see street markets come alive from 8am, a barbecue will sizzle away all day at the food hall, Professor Wallace's Puppet Theatre and a Dreamtime Reptile show will entertain the kids and the street parade will get everyone excited.

Pumpkin plans

  • The Dinner Dance will be $40 a person. Phone 41681925.
  • Pageant entries can nominate before the festival by emailing
  • Entry into the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is free but some competitions require a small fee and early registration.
  • Visit the Pumpkin festival website for prices, registration cut offs and a festival program.

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