Crowds turn up for the 2021 Kalbar Country Day

Clydesdales, carrots and bush poets all featured in the festival.

SUNNY skies, impressive hay sculptures and a good old country welcome had thousands heading to the Scenic Rim at the weekend for the Kalbar Country Day.

With food vans, more than 100 market stalls and live entertainment from local bands and performers, the day provided a great day in the country for people from near and far.

Joy Young from the Fassifern Lions Club said the event raised funds to support local groups including the Men's Shed, the School of Arts and the local soccer club.

"We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout," she said.

"We couldn't believe how many turned up. Last year we had 93 stall holders and this year we had 170.

"We've had great feedback from stallholders, some said it was the best day they had seen in a while.

"It was a great day for local businesses like the fruit shop, the pub and cafe."

The Lions Club had their traditional food stall selling burgers and hot dogs, which Ms Yong said were a big seller.

"We had 85 dozen bread rolls and 25 dozen hot dog rolls and at the end of the day we had about six rolls left over.

"The Clydsedale wagon rides were popular and the Kalbar Progress Association held bus tours for people to see the hay sculptures, which sold out at $5 a ticket."

The street festival transformed George Street into a bustling marketplace, with hay bale sculptures around the town providing photo opportunities for those who took advantage of the perfect weather to stop for photos.

The day started at 8am with a bush poets breakfast attended by the Beaudesert Bush Bards.

Visitors enjoyed horse and cart rides with Teviot Clydesdales on hand and competition was fierce for the Kalfresh carrot throwing competition.

SES volunteers turned up to introduce Paddy Platypus, who proved popular with children.

Beaudesert Show Society ambassadors were in attendance to greet guests and join the fun.

Ms Young said the town got behind the festival in a big way, with more than 90 hay bale art works on display. She said anyone who missed out on the festival could still check out the sculptures.

"The sculptures will stay up for at least two weeks, weather permitting," she said.

The Kalbar Country Day, traditionally held on the third Saturday of October.

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