Michael Bowen from Roadvale competing in the campdraft at the Rosewood Festival on Sunday.
Michael Bowen from Roadvale competing in the campdraft at the Rosewood Festival on Sunday. Sarah Harvey

Festival puts Rosewood on the map

WHETHER it was the exhilaration of watching horse and rider compete in the campdraft or enjoying the colour and spectacle of the street parade, there was plenty to enjoy at the weekend Rosewood Festival.

The three-day event kicked off on Friday night with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Spectacular featuring Beatles tribute band the Beatlegs at the Rosewood Cultural Centre.

The festival took to the streets on Saturday with a parade from Johnston Park to the Rosewood State School. Rosewood’s local councillor, David Pahlke, said the street events had been a highlight of the weekend.

“The parade was brilliant,” Cr Pahlke said.

“I think just about everybody in the community was represented in some capacity.”

The parade featured colourful displays of costumes, characters and 40 floats, which flowed into the Country Carnival on the school’s oval with rides, sideshow alley and markets stalls.

Cr Pahlke said festivals, such as the one at Rosewood, were vital to ensuring smaller towns retained their own sense of identity.

He said they also served to bring the community together.

Close to 210 competitors took to the Rosewood Showgrounds for the campdraft on Sunday.

Among those taking part was Nick Hodgkinson from Anstead in south-west Brisbane.

The 37-year-old took up the sport three years ago.

“It was a childhood dream to get back into riding,” Mr Hodgkinson said.

“It is the only sport where you can compete against the best of the best all at one level.”

While fortune didn’t favour him and his horse Jericho on Sunday, he said it was a sport he did not do for the victory but for the sheer enjoyment of taking part.

Roadvale resident Faye Bowen was among those watching the action ringside, cheering on her son Michael as he competed.

She said her 28-year-old son had gotten into campdrafts about five years ago.

“He did it as a kid and stopped and now he has come back,” Mrs Bowen said.

“He just loves the sport and he loves the horses.”

She said it was a sport which was in her son’s blood with both his father and grandfather formidable competitors in their day.