Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bonus Downs Centenary Celebrations: Mitchell Qld

Beginning with a three course dinner under the stars on Saturday night, the Centenary Celebrations at Bonus Downs began in style.

Around 160 guests were seated out of doors on a balmy October night in the outback. Under a star-studded sky -- with no breeze whatsoever -- guests were entertained by bush poet Murray Hartin, while they enjoyed fine dining and drinks. In keeping with the centenary celebrations, many of the guests came wearing period costume.

Mitchell State School, under the guidance of art teacher Karen Wolski, created the screen printed tablecloth that covered all the tables. This was a great effort!

Throughout Sunday, guests had a wide variety of attractions. Vintage cars, marimba music, art works, blade shearing, whip cracking and working sheep dogs herding ducks were just some of the attractions throughout the day.

A special cake was baked for the Centenary. In the photo you'll see Madonna and Lyle Connolly cutting the cake. They are the owners and managers of this unique outback property.

As far as food and drinks were concerned there was breakfast, a billy tea and damper morning tea, a camp oven lunch and a corned beef dinner at the Smokehouse to finish off the day. Food stalls and a licensed bar kept people happy between meals.

My remaining 2 blogs will include entertainment by our marimba group, and Angel Flight -- the charity that received all the profits from the weekend.

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