EARLY this month the women of the QCWA Calen branch hosted a celebration of the National Year of the Farmer in conjunction with their annual Farmers Harvest Brunch.
The function was held on September 3 at the St Helen's Bowls Club with more than 70 women attending, branch secretary Karen Gage said.
Keeping to the theme of the event, the women got together rustling up a variety of items from "around the farm" to host a display depicting the sugar cane industry and agriculture in general.
Among the features of the display were the three "farmers" made by Canegrowers Mackay and put on display at Sugar Court for the three days of the Mackay Regional Show.
The scarecrows, stuffed with sugar cane trash, were a main part of the show display which earned Canegrowers Mackay and the Sugarcane subcommittee the annual Best Local Exhibit at Mackay Show for the first time.
Ms Gage said a competition was held for the best dressed farmer/cowgirls with many taking the opportunity to have fun dressing up for the occasion.
"Speakers throughout the morning related their experiences growing up on cane farms, and a lifetime of farming, as well as the cane cutters and the cane knife," Ms Gage said.
"One of our teenagers gave her views on growing up on a cattle property and then moving to a cane farm, which we all found very interesting."
"Everyone had a lot of fun and there were a few jokes and a bit of trivia to keep everyone entertained," she said.
"The luncheon consisted of the traditional corned meat and vegetables followed by delicious home-made desserts."
A major raffle was held, drawn by Pioneer divisional president QCWA Marie Baulch and won by Marcus Borg, of Mackay.
The prize was a flight for two around the islands of the Whitsundays donated by Air Whitsunday). Other prizes were donated by Townsend Industries, Mt Ossa Rural and Crokers Fuel and Oils.
A cent sale was conducted as well as a snap raffle.
Finishing of the country flavour to the day was a display of homemade cooking.