Established as just a weekend away with good music and a few friends in 1991, the festival quickly grew in repute and size.
The first few years saw a number of different homes, including Melville’s Farm and the Pangola Stud, until the festival finally settled in at what is now the Mountain View Eco Park, in 1995.
The festival has been organised by a veritable who’s who of the North Queensland folk scene including Alton Twine, Tom Montgomery, Don Jarmey and Angie Kitzlemann. Since 2000 the festival has been organised under the auspices of the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club.
In 2010 the festival was the winner of the Townsville City Council’s Arts Award for Event of the Year.
The festivals held in 2011 and 2012 saw increased growth of attendance to reach capacity of facilities at the Palm Creek venue with the festival selling out since 2012.
We have now officially lost our long weekend, so we are making small changes to adjust. Nothing these days seems to be a guarantee, so each year we do our best to improve the festival for your pleasure and enjoyment. Feedback is always appreciated, good or bad!
Planning is now well under way for the next great festival.