Boggabri Drovers' Campfire gears up for 2018

The Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire committee is hard at work preparing for its 12th year.

The award-winning event will be held at the Boggabri Showground on April 25-30 and founder Geoff Eather said more than 200 caravans are already booked in. 

“Bookings are going pretty similar to other years,” he said.

“We’ll probably finish up with around 300 vans.”

Mr Eather said there had been a few teething problems with booking on the new website but the committee was persevering.

“We meet every month all year round, really. And there’s all the program to get organised and the tours. That’s all been happening,” he said.

“It’s pretty hectic at this stage with registration and getting all these things up [online].”

A number of groups from Boggabri and the surrounding area are also involved, including the Rotary Club, Fairfax Public School, Baan Baa hall and Boggabri Pony Club.

Campers are set for a full schedule from April 26-30 with musical entertainment including Rex Baldwin, Two Gals, Keith Jamieson and Joe’s Junction, multiple displays, and numerous tours taking in Boggabri Coal Mine, Namoi River fishing, Long Horn cattle stud, Willala farm, Mount Kaputar National Park, Pilliga Pottery and Sandstone Caves.

Highlights of the weekend include poet’s breakfast, billy boiling competition, Paws Up Dog Jumping, art show, antique machinery parade and whip cracking. Gunnedah Rural Museum members will also bring out a steam engine for a demonstration. 

“We’re hoping to have a ploughing demonstration,” Mr Eather said.

“It’s fairly big in Britain but you don’t hear about it much here in Australia.”

A “new wine experience” will also be on the cards, with representatives from Robert Oatley Wines to set up on site.

“Things are looking real good,” Mr Eather said,

“We’ve got a very good group of people on our committee running it.”

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