They said it would never work back in 1997, but in 2018 over 17,000 people enjoyed this unique festival. Will you be joining them this year?
What is the Festival about?
Voted number 24 in RACQ’s 150 Must Do’s, there’s so much to see and do.
You can roll a pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill in the unique, Great Australian Pumpkin Roll™, enjoy quirky, novelty pumpkin competitions, a street parade, all day live entertainment on stage, huge street markets, demonstrations, and displays.
If all that activity makes you hungry, then you’ll be in for a treat.
Discover a variety of pumpkin foods, including homemade pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread rolls, pumpkin and lamb sausages, billy tea, stew and damper, and the best ever pumpkin soup made from the festival’s secret recipe.
There’s also a chance to win great prizes just by joining in and having fun – check their website for details.
During the 1990s, Goomeri, like many other rural areas, was in a time of prolonged drought and water shortages. Farmers and local businesses were doing it tough and morale was at an all-time low.
A town meeting was held to discuss ideas for improving the town’s morale and lagging business economy. At the meeting, one of the ideas was to have a festival of some kind. As pumpkins had been traditionally grown in the area over a number of years, the idea of a Pumpkin Festival was born.
A small group of enthusiastic supporters banded together to organize the first festival. Amidst cries of, ‘It’ll never work’, ‘I’ve never heard such a silly idea!’ and so on, the committee forged ahead and the first festival was held.
The fun part of the festival was to have people rolling pumpkins down a hill. The idea of rolling pumpkins down a hill was so way out that it was appealing and thus the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll was born and Policeman’s Hill got its name.
The purpose of the festival was to bring people and money into the town’s flagging economy and to extend country hospitality to the visitors who they hoped to attract. And, attract them they did!
A raging success
The first festival had an attendance of approximately 1000 and was a raging success. There were 71 pumpkin rollers and the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll had made its mark in the history of the town. Local business owners were encouraged to open their doors for the festival and take advantage of the increased population as a result.
Goomeri was on a roll! The 1997 success provided the incentive for the committee to continue with another festival in 1998 as more people were willing to become involved. The town had received a well-needed boost which they needed to capitalize on. Goomeri had shown what a little initiative and daring could do – we took a risk and it paid off big time!
The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has continued to grow each year since 1997, to the extent where it has received state, national and international recognition.
- Great Australian Pumpkin Roll
- Pumpkin Bowls
- Giant Pumpkin Competition
- Pumpkin Dash for Cash
- Decorated Pumpkins
- Pumpkin Patch & Snatch
- Pumpkin Pageant
- Pumpkin Golf Cup
When: Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 6.40 am to 8.30 pm
Where: Goomeri, QLD