TASTY TREATS: A Sunday market will conclude the nine-day Big Skies Festival at Dalby.
TASTY TREATS: A Sunday market will conclude the nine-day Big Skies Festival at Dalby. Contributed

Parade and markets sure to delight at Big Skies

IT'S A popular Sunday morning pastime all over the world - wandering around community markets, looking over a variety of unique and interesting handmade items, chatting with the local artisans and enjoying the laid-back weekend community vibe.

The nine-day Big Skies Festival from April 27 to May5 will conclude with a Heritage Street Parade and Sunday markets organised by the Dalby Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber president Rohan May said the event will start at 10am with a colourful street parade showcasing Dalby's rich rural heritage.

"The parade will feature horse-drawn carriages, cultural street dancers, a pipe band, heritage machinery, local community groups and custom street vehicles,” he said.

"The markets will run until 2pm so you can browse around a range of gift items, handmade and country crafts, comic collections and embroidery, not to mention some unusual and colourful jewellery and woodwork items.

"All this will take place while enjoying live music provided by one of our very own bands, Point Blank, at the Russell Tavern, plus upcoming musical talent Ziyra.”

There will be food available including a sausage sizzle provided by the Dalby Yumborra Scout Group.

The kids can have their faces painted then enjoy the petting zoo, then tire them out at the free jumping castle.

Cunningham St in the town's centre will be closed from 7.30am.

On Friday May 3, avid golfers are called to get their teams together for the three-person ambrose golf day at the Dalby Golf Club, with check-in from 9.30am, barbecue at 10am and shotgun start at 11am.

Solo players are welcome to contact the club and find a team to join.

The cost is $25 a player and carts can be hired for $35.

To register, call the Dalby Golf Club on 46622259.

Back to the subject of handcrafts, the Chinchilla Patches and Piecemakers will be holding a relaxing sewing day on May 2 in Fuller Place, in the heart of the CBD.

Bring your own work-in-progress or take the opportunity to finish that item that may have been sitting in the cupboard for a year... or five.

This will be a casual day running from 9am-3pm so pop in for some or all of the day and enjoy morning or afternoon tea for a gold coin donation.

On the same day, the Chinchilla Historical Museum's Sights and Sounds of Yesteryear will have the engines of years gone by chugging and churning.

Wander around the shady museum grounds or ride one of the many miniature trains being showcased on a purpose-built track.

The Sights and Sounds of Yesteryear will run from 10am-4pm on Thursday, May2.

Not too far away, the creative quilters in Wandoan will be displaying some of their best work at the Wandoan Cultural Centre from May 3-4.

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh is thrilled that so many community events have been scheduled to take place during Big Skies this year.

"Council has organised a variety of community events leading up to our signature event, A Day on the Plain, plus our towns have been very supportive in growing this event to include so many additional community activities to be enjoyed by locals and visitors to our region,” he said.