The annual Maize Festival event is an eagerly anticipated feature on every Tablelander's calendar and attendance has been enjoyed by multiple generations of families for the past five and a half decades. Our story began fifty-five years ago, in 1962, when the Atherton Branch of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade held the first ever Maize Festival as a means for raising much needed funds in the local Atherton Tablelands community and to celebrate the annual Maize harvest.
Today, the Maize Festival is run by an independent voluntary Committee of dedicated community members. Whilst the focus continues to be on raising funds for important local charities and causes; the Committee is particularly passionate about enhancing both the community's and local business' engagement and participation in this annual celebration.
The Maize Festival has also had a long history of enabling youth participation and, since our inception in 1962, the annual Maize Queen contest was a well known feature of the program of events. The once very popular contest provided a platform for young women to enhance their community involvement.
In a bold and exciting move to evolve and build on this, in 2017 the Maize Festival will feature a revamped and expanded platform to enable youth participation. Check out the Ambassadors Program page for more information!