Helidon celebrates Seventh Celtic Festival
THE first wail of the pipes opened the 7th Celtic Festival in Helidon, stirring the Celtic blood that runs through Australian veins and creating strong emotions in all who heard them.
Jacarandas in full bloom contrasted with the prominent shade of emerald on display, provided welcome shade for the growing crowd.
The 42nd Highland Regiment, who marched with the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band, opened the proceedings with a volley of shots from antique style guns.
It was a day for the local children who gave a great display of maypole.
One of the highlights of the day was the Celtic Prince and Princess Parade with all the likely lads and lovely lasses flashing smiles keen for the honour.
The main street of Helidon was closed and transformed for the day with three different stages and stalls selling all things Celtic.
Queensland Champion of the Highland Games, Cameron Collins demonstrated the caber toss, hammer throw and other feats of remarkable strength.
The caber toss origins lie back in tribal Scotland when it was used as a measure to find the strongest man who would then become the sergeant at arms and lead the clan into battle.
Other attractions included a puppet show that followed a medieval folk tale, poet's corner and an Irish dancing finale.
Local band Salt entertained with some great tunes, folk duo Mantine played and Golden Guitar winner, Norma O'Hara Murphy provided a musical highlight for the day.
Rebecca Burke, one of the co-ordinators, said the festival just gets more popular through social media channels.
"Lots of community groups get involved and it is great for the kids who have practiced tirelessly for the maypole dance." she said.
"There has been lots of interest through social media and it just gets bigger each year." Ms Burke added.