History, secrets and community spirit are all set to come alive during the second Childers Heritage Weekend with a selection of new experiences.
The weekend is part of the Australian Heritage Festival and organised under the guidance of Isis District Historical Society Inc members and will be held on 13 and 14 May.
Taking part for the first time will be the Rum City Vintage Machinery Club and Wide Bay Historical Machinery Club, the 5th Light Horse Hervey Bay Regiment and an addition of historic memorabilia displayed at the Childers Police Station.
Reverend Susan Barker will oversee activities at Christ Church Childers, which includes the patchwork quilters who will display its intricate works over the pews in the church as the group did during last year’s Childers Heritage Weekend.
“Last year our church was full of beautiful quilts during the heritage weekend and we had a reasonable turnout despite the weather, so we have decided to do it again,” she said.
“It is certainly worth the trip to Childers for the weekend.
“Childers is a charming and welcoming town.
“I was warmly welcomed two years ago and I do enjoy the heritage here.”
The Childers and Isis District Orchid Society will also mount a blossoming display in the church. Both groups will have tables set up with home-made goodies, plants and cards for sale with morning tea available in the adjoining hall.
Isis District Historical Society Inc member Scott Stedman said he was really excited for the return of the Childers Heritage Weekend as it focused on the rich culture and history of the Childers region.
“Attractions are the numerous heritage-listed buildings, mostly rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1902,” Scott said.
“This will be only the second year the Masonic Lodge will be open to the public.
“The Masons will be cooking up Childers' famous mock chicken legs!
“By opening up these buildings, local charities and community organisations benefit from the influx of visitors to the town along with a lot of family-owned businesses.”
Scott said the aim of the weekend was to draw visitors into the region allowing the shared historic and cultural richness and experience to encourage economic growth and development in the local area.
“The Childers Vintage Motorcycle Group, Maryborough Ford Car Club and some other classic cars would be showcased on the St Josephs Primary School oval, opposite the Childers Historical Complex on Sunday,” he said.
“There will also be a cavalcade of historic photos down Churchill Street at the Childers Hot Bread Shop, Old Pharmacy Museum, the Childers Library and the vacant shop at 106 Churchill Street.”
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