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This event incorporates both the First Fire of the crushing season and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region.

Sit back and enjoy live cane fire up close, be a part of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, be entertained by live music, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family.

Both events are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.

PO Box 2298, Ayr
Queensland, Australia, 4807

S :  4783 9800
P :  +61 7 4783 9807

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  • Start Date: 30th May 2019

  • End Date: 2nd June 2019

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  • Cafe

  • Carpark

  • Coach Parking

  • Family Friendly

  • Kiosk

  • Parents Room

  • Public Toilet