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Glenreagh Timber Festival… back after two years

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 and 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 and machinery displays, blacksmiths tinkering away, working dogs, a Show & Shine displayed by the Vintage Car Club and also a motor bike Show & Shine event run by the Coffs Kobbers (sponsored by the Idle In Café) and 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 thing’s timber!

Show n Shine

Attendees will have the opportunity to see axemen in action at the wood chopping event and also see the talented local woodchopping legend Peter Shipman and 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 and nationwide 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 ‘Wandering Annie & The Drifter’. Our main act and draw card for the event is Chris Staff and his epic band. After more than 23 years in the Country Music scene lead guitarist to many major stars, Chris felt it was time to show his wares as a front man and has never looked back. Chris has won his fair share of awards at prestigious events like Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Bundy Bundaberg Round Festivals to name a few. A song he wrote in 98 ‘Lone Was Meant To Last Forever” reached Top 5 in the France Country Awards. Chris talents are well respected of his peers, this has led him to play for amazing artists like, Troy Cassar Daley, The McClymonts just to name a few. Chris will be performing at 2pm so don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.

Chris Staff

As it is a family day, we have increased the kids entertainment this year by hosting a Mega Kids Arena, with several mega jumping castles and inflatable obstacle courses, FREE kids craft tent where the little ones can 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 and pony ride. Also in the program of events is Steve from Reptile World who will be performing several shows, displaying some of Australia’s deadliest reptiles.

The adults can take part in interactive workshops such as flower crown making, pottery or creating delicious deserts in the Glenreagh bakery tent where the little ones can also decorate a cupcake free of charge. We have to over 60 market stalls to browse through and offering 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 and 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 [email protected]