Barcaldine's Tree of Knowledge Festival expected to be a hit

PINK PARADE: The Tree of Knowledge festival is a sight to see with colourful floats and funky cars making their way down the streets.
PINK PARADE: The Tree of Knowledge festival is a sight to see with colourful floats and funky cars making their way down the streets. Contributed

PACK the car and take a road trip to Barcaldine next weekend for the annual Tree of Knowledge Festival.

The festival runs over the whole weekend with loads of fun and excitement for the whole family.

Organiser Sue Walton said the festival had been held on the May Day weekend for as long as she could remember.

"There has always been something on that weekend, it is held in acknowledgment of the significance of Barcaldine of the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party," Sue said.

"It was the location of the first shearer's strike 1891.

"We have had a festival every year, and this year we decided to continue with the tradition even though we lost the public holiday, that has kind of been our mantra - we may have lost the holiday but we still have the tradition."

Sue said there was a lot planned for the huge weekend which would be held at the Barcaldine Showgrounds.

"The weekend will kick off with rugby league fixture on Friday night, with both senior and junior teams playing," she said.

"And it will continue on Saturday morning with the May Day march, and we expect some major Labor Party officials to be in attendance.

"There will be markets, goat racing, children's entertainment, and the races on Saturday afternoon, the Tree of Knowledge Cup.

"Celebrations will keep going into the night with goat racing finals and the RevFest display, as well as food and a bar with DJ entertainment until midnight."

The weekend doesn't end there, with celebrations continuing on Sunday with the Ecumenical Church Service at the Council park, and the RevFest at the Barcaldine Airport.

"It is a huge weekend," Sue said.

"It's a way to celebrate the May Day tradition and be a part of the great country hospitality and entertainment.

"There is something for all the family to enjoy, some fast cars, fast goats and fast horses and everything in between."

Camping will be available over the weekend, and entry to all events is free, with an exception of the RevFest and the football games.

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