Follow this link to apply online for a stall at the Mary Valley Tomato Festival 2015


Once approved, we will send you a letter with payment details and other information.

Application forms are also available from Imbil Post Office, or you may like to fill out a contact form and we will email one to you.

Mary Valley Rattler

I just found this little bit of trivia about the Valley Rattler.
I remember the steam engine at Happy Valley in Caloundra.
This is what I found out about it courtesy of the Facebook group –  Caloundra – The Good Old Days.
“This is the info on the Train – it was a C 17 967 and entered service in August 1950 and worked in the Central Division based upon Rockhampton. C 17 class locomotives in the Central Division worked the mail trains west from Emerald and also the Emu Park and Yeppoon seaside trains. Mostly though, they worked the goods trains and branch lines, of which there were many in the Central Division. After 19 years of service, 967 was withdrawn from service in November 1969. It was set aside for preservation and placed in a park at Caloundra, near Bulcock Beach.

In 1985, it was bought by the Ghan Preservation Society for preservation in Alice Springs. The Commonwealth Railways NM class (which used to work the famous Ghan train to Alice Springs) were built to the same overall design as the Queensland C17’s and 967 was purchased in 1985 by the Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs, Northern Territory and exhibited as ‘gatekeeper’ at their site. In 2000 No. 967 was purchased by Beaudesert Rail and moved to Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, and was restored to operation in early 2003 for use on Beaudesert – Logan Village tourist trains. After Beaudesert Rail was placed into receivership, No. 967 was removed from Beaudesert to the Ipswich Railway Workshops during March 2006.

On 22 August 2007, the MVHR bought C 17 967 outright, through a tendering process with QR. C 17 967 is a welcome addition to the MVHR’s motive power fleet and will ensure the sustainability of the Rattler in the years to come. So today it runs on the Mary Valley Heritage Railway, if you have been there you may have been pulled along by it. Amazing isn’t it!”

Update February 2014

Update February 2014

The first Sunday in December is the 7th December this year.

That’s still a long way off, but planning for the Festival has already started.

We will be keeping all our supporters updated once every few weeks.

What we would like to do in this post, is officially thank all our sponsors for helping to make it all happen.

Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce were major sponsors, and without their help, the whole thing probably could not have happened.

Others who contributed financially were the Imbil Railway Hotel, Heritage Park, Borumba Deer Park, Plantation Pine Products, Noosa Red Tomatoes, Imbil Homestead, Imbil Post Office, Hopkins Gallery, Bob Gammage (artist) and North Coast 4×4 Club. These donations were much appreciated.

In-Kind donations were received from Searle’s Seeds (advertising), Gympie Regional Council (services), Eumundi Markets (marquees, tables and chairs), Mary Valley Traders, Imbil Colonial Butchery (sausages), Golden Apple Hairdressing, Rod Nolan (electrician), Garry (signwriter), ‘Halfway Close’ (website design and Facebook advice),  Andy and Dell Adams (use of their paddock for car parking), Bruce and Debbie Adams (slashing), Debbie Williams and Linda Rozynski (tomato judging), Tim McGahan (preserves judge), Mark Clyne and Les Fleet (PA and organizing skills), Bruce, Ros and Harrison Muller (helping organize markets), John Cochrane (auctioneer), Ron McMah (mobile coldroom), Imbil Friendly Grocer, Sunshine Coast Daily, Gympie Times, Mary Valley Voice (editorial).

Others who volunteered their services were community groups such as the Rural Fire Brigade, SES, and Girl Guides.

Thanks to Billy Adams and Mike Stevenson for putting together the concert.

Many thanks to Imbil Bowls Club for the use of their grounds and premises.

I hope I haven’t missed anyone. Please let me know if I have and I will give you an extra special thank you.

Next Year

Well, it’s over. Actually it was over nearly three weeks ago but it has taken a while to come back down to earth.

I think I can say that it was a success. Actually, I might just say that it was a huge success.

After saying that, I’m sure we can make it even bigger and better next year.

We would like to give a big ‘Thank you’ to all our sponsors, and those volunteers who worked tirelessly, not just on the day, but through a whole year of planning.

Thank you to the media who came on board with free editorial. We couldn’t afford much paid advertising, so to get that was a great help.

I must give another big thank you to Facebook. To those of you who see all the evils in social media, this was an advertised party that brought a very welcome crowd.

If you didn’t make it this year, please come along next year, and see what fun is to be had.

While you’re waiting for next year, check out our photos of the day. I’ll keep putting new ones up.

The website, and Facebook page will be continuously updating with all our new ideas throughout 2014.

Watch this space.

North Coast 4×4 Donation

We received a surprise, and a much-appreciated donation yesterday, from North Coast 4×4 Club.

They were here a couple of weeks ago for a 4×4 ‘Corroboree’, and camped at Imbil Showgrounds.

They enjoyed their stay so much that they decided to make donations to four local bodies – Mary Valley State College, Imbil Swimming Pool, Heritage Park and Mary Valley Tomato Festival – a total of $2200!

4x4 donation

Col Huddy, Ralph Clark (NC 4×4), Josh Hopkins, Jeff Parker.