BUSH LIFE: David McDonald and Howard Hawke boiling their billies on Sunday at the Miles Historical Village as part of the Back to the Bush Festival.
BUSH LIFE: David McDonald and Howard Hawke boiling their billies on Sunday at the Miles Historical Village as part of the Back to the Bush Festival. eye2soul

Back to the Bush 'a blast'

THE Back to the Bush Festival has wrapped up for 2018 and organisers are busy tying up all the loose ends before some much deserved rest.

The Festival spanned from last Thursday to Sunday, with pre-festival events stretching back to Saturday September 1.

The Chinchilla News sat down with festival president Rachel Kerwick and festival secretary Jo Robertson amidst the bustle to get their take on the festivities and what they mean for the Miles district.

"Every event's been so well supported, we've had great numbers at everything,” Ms Kerwick said.

The festival included dances, high teas, forums, a trivia night, markets, multiple tours around the region, a bush poets breakfast and the Main Event on Saturday, amongst plenty of other activities.

One highlight for Ms Kerwick was the lantern walk from Dogwood Crossing to the Miles Historical Village.

"We had the balladeers on the back of a vintage truck and they went ahead of the lantern walkers,” she said.

"We had a full house at the village and then they opened up the doors for people just to come in just to watch the play, and there was a really good response to that as well.”

A signature event of the festival was the 'Feedlot to Fork' Gala Ball, which Mrs Kerwick described as a huge success.

"Everyone looked beautiful, the hall was beautifully decorated, there were over 300 people there and it was just a really great celebration of everything country but in particular focussing on our feedlot industry.”

Then on Saturday the Main Event kicked off - but not before a street parade marched through the streets of Miles to crowds of onlookers.

"We couldn't believe the great floats, some of them were amazing,” Ms Kerwick said.

For both Ms Kerwick and Mrs Robertson, the festival was an amazing event for the town.

"It really exceeded our expectations,” Mrs Robertson said.

She said for her the festival was all about building community and showcasing what life in the bush has to offer.

"You often hear about small communities dwindling in size.

"I guess that's what we're getting at a bit with this as well, is that inviting people back here.

"We do want to show them how cool it is to live out here, how much we do actually have to offer and then perhaps we can entice them to come back to the bush for real.”


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