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Bushy beards and bootleg parties lead Galvanized social events

A roaring prohibition party, colonial dancing and a bounty of beards, barbeques and motorbikes on Father’s Day are part of the immersive historic program when Galvanized festival returns.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the festival’s Beard and ‘Stache Competition on Father’s Day was a tribute to the region’s bearded pioneers when facial hair was an important sign of masculinity.

“Throughout the centuries facial hair changed shape and size, and as part of the Galvanized we will be looking for our city’s best, bushiest and most creative facial hair,” Mayor Harding said.

President Ken Butler and Vice President Dough Jolliffe with members of the Historical Motorcycle Club Queensland ahead of Beards, Bikes + BBQs.

“With Bikes, Beards and BBQs in Tulmur Place taking place on Father’s Day, the event has all dads in mind with not only a beard competition but also a display of heritage motorcycles, retro cars and woodworking,” Mayor Harding said.

“There are also plenty of reasons to frock up for some of the best parties of the last century with the raucous Prohibition Party and Limestone Frolic part of eleven days and nights packed with hands-on historic activities and yesteryear social outings.

“Whether it is exploring iconic venues, legendary and historic sites, sharing in First Nations cultural experiences, or getting involved in special open days, tours and demonstrations, there are events for everyone at Galvanized.”

Cr Jonic and Mayor Harding with Historical Motorcycle Club Queensland bikes, and a Prohibition Party couple.

Running 1 to 11 September in venues and spaces across Ipswich, the second annual Galvanized festival will bring council and community groups together to showcase the city’s rich history including special open days, tours, demonstrations, workshops and shows.

Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said the Prohibition Party will be a great night celebrating the era with ‘bootleg’ brews, poker games and authentic costumes that celebrate the infamous roaring twenties.

“The event is an invitation to dance and soak up the atmosphere of the glamour of the roaring twenties, where feathers will fly and heels will be kicked high all aboard an historic first-class train carriage at The Workshops Rail Museum,” Cr Jonic said.

“I encourage families and friends to explore the program and step back in time to experience enduring fashion, traditions and buildings that defined past generations that called Ipswich home.”

Galvanized – A Festival of Heritage delivers a wide variety of events across 11 days.

Galvanized is the city’s festival of heritage, showcasing the best heritage experiences and events Ipswich has to offer from 1 to 11 September.

Be transported back in time by visiting iconic venues and historic sites and participating in open days, tours, demonstrations and workshops.

The full festival program and ticketing information is available at

Galvanized is delivered through the support of the following partners:

Presenting Partners: Ipswich City Council, McNamara Law

Festival Partners:  Cooneana Heritage Centre, Historical Motor Cycle Club of Queensland, Ipswich Genealogical Society, Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich Libraries, Ipswich Mini Crafters, Ipswich RSL Sub Branch, Ipswich Visitors Information Centre, Lost Ipswich, Nicholas Street Precinct, Picture Ipswich, Queensland Metal Artisans Collective, Queensland Museum Network, The Workshops Rail Museum, Didgeridoo Festivals, Elliott Bledsoe, Ghost Tours Australia, Ipswich Catholic Community , Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Troupe, Queensland Colonial Association Inc. Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artisans of Ipswich Inc. St Paul’s Anglican Church, The Pumpyard Brewery.

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>>> Glimpse into a bygone Ipswich era on Galvanized heritage tours

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