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  • Writer's pictureBruce Giddings

Steam Fair Fun at Old Petrie Old

The sights, sounds and smells of a bygone steam-powered era will enliven Old Petrie Town on Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th June when the annual Steam Fair fires up.


The family weekend has been steaming ahead for 8 years now, fixing itself on the calendar as a “must do” for locals and visitors from all over south east Queensland.


“A highlight around midday on Saturday and Sunday will be the Grand Parade, where giant Traction Engines will shake the earth as they trundle around the grounds at Old Petrie Town.

Visitors to the Steam Fair will see, hear and feel the power of steam, paired with meticulously restored working machinery, in a distinctive salute to the pioneers of Petrie and the wider Moreton Bay.


A highlight around midday on Saturday and Sunday will be the Grand Parade, where giant Traction Engines will shake the earth as they trundle around the grounds at Old Petrie Town.

There’s nothing better than a competition involving fire, heat and the mouth-watering aroma of food being cooked. Visitors to the Fair will see a traditional Steam Engine Cook Off, where cooks will compete using the fires of the portable steam engines.


Food and coffee will be a special feature of this year's fair, with all sorts of exotic stalls set up alongside Petrie Town’s usual array of of tempting food, cold drinks and gourmet coffees.

A popular attraction every year is the Blacksmith's workshop where visitors can marvel at the heritage skills used in forging red-hot iron.


In addition, visitors can see memorabilia and equipment from yesteryear on display at the Fire Brigade museum.


The artisans and craft markets will be in full swing during the fair showing off a wide range of hand-crafted items for sale.


Venue Manager Rhondi McCosker says the market stalls will begin trading at 7 am on both days.


Visitors can also explore the Petrie Town grounds to discover gleaming vintage car displays, or a potter in action at the Pottery Barn, accompanied by a range of pottery and art on sale.


The two day event will offer something for young and old alike with plenty of experiences, including jumping castles and face painting. Mumfords Food Court and the Heritage Hotel will also be in operation. Entry to the Steam Fair is free (donation for parking).


Petrie Town is an easy drive from the northern suburbs of Brisbane and Moreton Bay at 901 Dayboro Road Whiteside, and the Steam Fair fires up on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.

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