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Sunday 22 Oct

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The Jackie Howe Celebrations are the final day of the Blackall Heartland Festival and it is jam packed! Come and experience a shearers breakfast, live music with Golden Guitar Award Winner Travis Collins, the iconic Blades and Blisters Jackie Howe Challenge, and a Paint Party with Sandy McLean The Outback Artist, just to name a few.


This event is held at the beautiful Blackall Showgrounds.

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Shearers Breakfast from 8.00am

Enjoy a hearty start to the day with the Shearers Breakfast while being entertained by renowned BUSH POETS Jack Drake and

Colour Me Outback Fun Run - Registrations at 8.00am

Join in all the fun and sign up for the festival Colour Run.  Registrations from 8.00am for a 8.30am start

Ewe Beaut Sheep Races from 10.30am

Have a flutter on a sheep race. Lots of laughs in the 4 race program at intervals throughout the day. Who

Blades and Blisters Jackie Howe Challenge from 9.45am

The Heartland Festival’s iconic event. The Challenge is based on the skills of the late Jackie Howe, who achieved his

BBQ Cook-Off Competition from 11.30am

Competitors need to produce a dish for two that is either beef, lamb or chevon (goat). A great way to

Ranger Nick Camp Cooking Demos

A well travelled Bushie and outdoor enthusiast, his unique sense of humour has earned him the reputation of the entertaining

Poetry by Jack Drake

After years as a horseman, stockman, rodeo competitor and outback showman bush poet Jack recites his bush poetry and tells

Blade Shearing Demos

Come along and watch the masters in action as they demonstrate the traditional skill of hand shearing as it was

Bush Poet Bill Kearns

A lifetime lover of traditional poetry, Bill Kearns set out about twenty years ago to be a serious writer of

Live music by Tamworth Country Music Male Artist of the Year TRAVIS COLLINS! 

Sit back and relax with live entertainment by Travis Collins and his band Sunday afternoon. Travis Collins’ took away three

Paint Party with Sandy Mclean - 'The Outback Artist'

Renowned artist Sandy McLean is best known for her portraits of Australian people and animals. She uses bright and bold

Have-A-Go Corner & Health Hub from 10am

Try your hand at Fleece Throwing, Blade Shearing, Whip cracking, Bush poetry and more… See how raw wool is carded,

Heartland Markets

Take a stroll through a large range of market stalls with some of the finest outback boutiques and stalls from