On 2nd April 2006, the Toowoomba Caledonian Society conducted its second "Tartan Day" at Queens Park, Toowoomba.
This year's event expanded upon the highly successful event conducted last year to involve 34 display stalls, 6 pipe bands and an outstanding array of entertainment including highland, Celtic and country dancing. Highland Games including cader tossing, rock put, hammer throw and farmer's wall were demonstrated by Cameron Collins with a special guest appearance by local heavy weight boxing identity, Owen "Baked Bean" Paroz.
There were Scottish terrier dogs, Highland cattle, and outstanding military display by the Queensland Scottish Volunteers Corp and performance by 'Gaelic Dream' and Andrew Gowan, Celtic harpist.
The day commenced with an opending by Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce and an official welcome by the Toowoomba Caledonian Society Chieftain, Kym Flehr FSA Scot Kt.T. Mr Flehr acknowledged the outstanding work by the Toowoomba committee with particular reference to Branch President Mr Carl Hinds and organising sub-committee chariman Mr Graham Docherty. He acknowledged the sponsorship of Heritage Building Society and the tremendous support provided to the Toowoomba Caledonian Society by Toowoomba City Council and local business houses.
In addressing the contribution of people of Scot's ancestry to the City of Toowoomba, the State of Queensland and Australia as a whole, Mr Flehr said: "Days such as this enable us to honour and celebrate Scots culture, values and history and the contribution of people of Scottish descent to the formation of our Australian Society as it is today. This is particulary relevant and reasonable in Queensland and in the City of Toowoomba.
We do this in a context of overriding total Australian patriotism. At our functions, you will not ever see any flag honoured more or flown higher than the Australian Flag.
I welcome here today people of all origins who have chosedn to make this wonderful country and particularly the State of Queensland and the City of Toowoomba, home. I commend to you the Scot's way of coming to truly belong. That is, to so commit yourself to this country and your community, that you, like our Scot's ancestors, weave yourselves as vibrant and strong threads into the rich tapestry that is the Australian way of life.
Our message today is that no-one need lose their 'roots', whilst at the same time making that commitment."
Over 7,000 patrons attended the day which appeared to be greatly enjoyed from yet another outstanding 'Address to a Haggis' by Darling Downs Branch Society of St Andrew's member, Mr Neil Munro in the morning through to the closing ceremony of massed bands and 'Auld Lang Syne' at dusk.