Farm Fantastic 2009
WHAT: Farm Fantastic 2009
WHERE: Cnr Bruce Highwy and Rutters Road (off Pumicestone Road ), Caboolture, 4510
WHEN: Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm Friday
8am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday
Adults $12 per day
Senior Card Holders $10 (Friday July 17 only)
Under 14 - Free
What is Farm Fantastic?
Now in its ninth year, Farm Fantastic is the biggest trade expo of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
In 2008, it attracted over 700 exhibitors and 35,000 visitors, all eager to experience the huge range of activities, entertainment, equipment, rides, food, beverages and good old outback fun that Farm Fantastic offers.
It's a long way from the event's humble beginnings in 2001, when a team of just four dedicated individuals decided to put on a different kind of agriculture show, one that the farmers, and their families could all enjoy.
Since then, Farm Fantastic has enjoyed meteoric success and is now one of the highlights of south-east Queensland's country event calendar.
Farm Fantastic has literally hundreds of things to do and see across the three days, with something to cater for every member of the family.
While you're there, make sure you don't miss out on these events:
The John Page 4WD Track
4WD enthusiasts and prospective buyers will have the chance to test out a range of vehicles on the specially designed 4WD track, organised by the Caboolture 4WD Club.
The track has been specially designed to test the full range of a 4WD's capabilities, and includes a log bridge, rock/gravel pits, hidden objects to manoeuvre over and many other tests.
There will also be motorbike demonstrations, ARGO ATVs and camper vans being tested over the track to see how well they travel over rough terrain.
Reptile and Snake Displays
One of the most popular exhibits at Farm Fantastic is the assortment of creatures, critters and animals brought along by Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia.
The exhibit is full of exciting and informative displays of venomous snakes and lizards, including the most venomous snake in Australia.
The display will also feature essential advice and tips for snake bite survival from expert snake handler Allan Burnett.
Burpengary Cowboy Polo
Take a look at the new sport and check out Cowboy Polo.
Cowboy Polo is an average persons sport on adrenaline. All that is needed is a horse, the ability to ride, and the love of adventure. 2007 saw the introduction of Cowboy Polo at Farm Fantastic and this year it is back bigger and better than before.
The Sunshine Coast’s Sheepdogs are coming to Farm Fantastic 2009 with their foot-tapping grooves and interesting, often obscure, string band music from the 1930s onwards.
Over the course of a gig, their music will include tasty bits of early jazz, bluegrass, honky tonk and western swing, all played in a highly infectious and good-time style.
Come to the Zoo stage to hear the Watoto Children's Choir all the way from Uganda.
And don't forget to check out ...
- Ross McKinnon - horticultural guru
- Scorpion Line Dancers
- Chad Shuttleworth
- Dave Reynolds
- David Mouldar Living Statues
- Burley Sisters
- Steve Grady
- Missing Jade
- Cosmic Cowgirls
- Kunda Park Pony Club
View the full Farm Fantastic program
Farm Fantastic really is for the whole family with loads of activities to keep the kids entertained.
- Face painting
- Jumping castle
- Super slide
- Camel rides
- Barnyard baby animals
- Sand Wizard
- Fairy floss
- Police and fire mascots
Prizes and Giveaways
Each year, Farm Fantastic has a range of great prizes and giveaways and 2009 is no different. Up for grabs this year are -
- Two Alma Park Zoo Lemur Island passes worth $300 each, as well as two Double Red Panda Experiences valued at $300 each.
- Six $500 handyman vouchers from Caboolture Discount Handyman store.
- $5000 from ToughSpan towards your choice of shed, patio or garage.
- $2500 in Farm Fantastic funny money, which can be used throughout the expo. The prize jackpots each day if the money is unclaimed.
How to get there
The Bruce Highway (Highway1) north of Brisbane provides the main road link to Caboolture. If travelling north from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, look for the Pumicestone Road exit and follow the signs directing you to Farm Fantastic.
If you're making your way south, look for the Toorbul/Donnybrook exit - Pumicestone Road and follow the signs directing you to the expo.
Follow the big yellow signs on the Bruce Highway north and southbound that indicate the turn off locations.
(Note: This event is not held at the Caboolture Show Grounds.)
Avoid any traffic and parking problems and catch a train.
Take the train and exit at the Caboolture Train Station, where a free shuttle bus will run from the station to Farm Fantastic every 30 minutes across the three days.
Visit the Queensland Rail website at www.qr.com.au for more information.
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Where to stay
Visit the Moreton Bay Regional Council's Online Business Directory for local accommodation.
For more information on Farm Fantastic 2009, see the official Farm Fantastic website.