The Glenreagh Timber Festival is an annual festival that celebrates Glenreagh’s rich woody history which dates to 1858. The festival is set in the beautiful Orara Valley & this year it’s taking place on July 30th at Glenreagh Recreational Grounds Thanks to Urunga chainsaws & Mowers and First Super Australian Industry Superfund.
Glenreagh has a dynamic connection to its timber heritage, with its beautiful original dwellings and its annual celebration of this most beautiful and sustainable material.
After a 2-year hiatus due to the 2019 bushfires & Covid 19 the Glenreagh Timber Festival is back bigger than ever supported but the Australian Red Cross & Resilience Clarence Valley with the hope to reconnect the wider community & to get back to nature.
The Festival will commence with a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony & Traditional Cultural dancing which is the first time in the history of the Timber Festival
The day will feature a range of activities which include, vintage tractors & machinery displays, black smiths tinkering away, working dogs, a show & Shine motor bike event run by the Coffs Kobbers & sponsored by the Idle In Café & the Glenreagh Mountain Railway will also open, for the public to check out the steam engines and carriages and some of the local rail history. The Men’s Shed in Glenreagh will have a display of all things timber!
Attendees will have the opportunity to see axemen in action at the state-wide wood chopping event & also see the talented local woodchopping legend Peter Shipman & his crew.
This year the Festival will have a full program of LIVE MUSIC which will head into the afternoon until 4:39pm. The stage will feature local & nation wide acts. Names such as Sam Dyball & Sarah McKenna who are up and coming artists from the area along with a beautiful folk duo ‘The Riverbed Bloomers’ and another well known duo ‘Annie & The Drifter’. Our man act & draw card for the event are THE PIGS BAND. Unashamedly hillbilly, outrageously entertaining! The family that plays together, stays together and bluegrass band, The Pigs, are living proof. Music and comedy run in their blood and they have been antagonizing and entertaining each other since their early days in the womb. The band began performing live in 2004, doing small gigs for beer and food in Sydney’s Inner-West. Somehow, they ended up at The Tamworth Country Music Festival where they became instant crowd favourites. Their popularity has been something of a phenomenon ever since, with no one being more bewildered or surprised than The Pigs themselves. The band currently has a number 1 album on the Australian In independent Charts & is well known for turning well known songs into an entertaining country performance. This is a great opportunity to the band at the lowest price around!
As it is a family day, we have increased the kids entertainment this year, with several mega jumping castles and inflatable obstacle courses, free craft corner where the little ones can decorate cupcakes from Glenreagh Bakery or get creative to their hearts content. There will be face painting, a circus playground where they can learn new tricks and master a juggling act. Also in the program of events is Steve from Reptile World who will be performing a number of shows displaying some of Australia’s deadliest reptiles!
The Adults can take part in interactive workshops such as chocolate making, pottery & basket weaving, along with browsing the market stalls that offer a range of handmade, home grown or high-quality items. Enjoy a meal from our collection of multicultural food trucks and let’s not forget the traditional canteen to grab your staple sausage Sanga and help raise money for the local community.
There is plenty of FREE PARKING on site, just bring your gumboots because it wouldn’t be the Orara Valley if there wasn’t some mud around! Entry is $5 per Adult & $2 per child. Proceeds go to the 12 community groups in Glenreagh to keep them afloat each year. `
We are still looking for Sponsors & Supporters who wish to partner with the Timber Festival and showcase their business on the day or through our advertising via our social media platforms. If you would like to get involved, please contact Rikki Cetinich on 0403 425 906 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org