2018 Axedale Quick Shear and Family Fun Day to be held this weekend

Shears will be clicking at Axedale this weekend when the fifth annual quick shear event gets under way.

The family fun day raises money for four local groups – the school, preschool, public hall and fire brigade – and is usually held near Australia Day.

This year, however, a 41-degree forecast on the back on a heatwave saw organisers postpone the event, in the hope of milder conditions.

“It was just too hot for the people and the animals,” Axedale Events secretary Marie Colvin said.

A top of 30 degrees is forecast for the event on Saturday, which runs from 2pm until 6pm.

As well as the annual quick shear competition, attendees can expect a raft of children’s entertainment such as jumping castles, face painting and a petting zoo; a mechanical bull; the Flipping Disc Dogz; a scooter competition; market stalls and a beaut ute competition.

Inside the hall there will be a shearer’s style “smoko” and a photo competition.

“It’s got a lot bigger over the years,” Mrs Colvin said.

“We’ve just gradually added anything we can think of that will appeal to everyone.”

The event raises between $2000 and $3000 each year for each of the four community groups, with thanks to local sponsors.

More information can be found online at www.axedalequickshear.com.au or on the Facebook event page www.facebook.com/AxedaleQS/