Spring Festival not daunted by the drought

Article image - Spring Festival not daunted by the drought The highlight of the Laidley Spring Festival is the annual street parade followed by a Family Fun Day at the Laidley Recreation Reserve.

Winter is officially over and to celebrate the change of season Laidley Spring Festival turned on the fun with a host of new events making their debut this year.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s flagship event returned in early September attracting an influx of visitors from across Queensland and interstate.

With the spring weather warming up to signify all things festival-related, Lockyer Valley Mayor, Tanya Milligan, said the event’s new features brought an extra layer of excitement with the Mulga Bull ride, Historic Ghost Tour, the Spring Gem Show and the Australian Eagles Tribute Show appearing for the very first time.

“In addition to the annual Spring Orchid Show, Quilt and Craft Expo, Artists’ Exhibition, floral displays, church displays, arts and craft stalls, pop-up cafes, Colour Run and much more, there really is something for everyone during the Festival.”

This year’s theme, Australian Flora and Fauna was in evidence at the street parade on Saturday morning.

Fitting with the theme, the Open Gardens Scheme ran concurrently as proud Lockyer Valley gardeners opened their gardens to visitors.

“Due to the ongoing drought, Council decided to postpone this year’s Garden Competition, however the Open Gardens Scheme allowed residents and visitors to browse through the gardens, meet the owners and chat about how they have managed in the drought,” Mayor Milligan said.

The event culminated in the Family Fun Day at the Laidley Recreation Reserve with face painting, craft activities, a market, the Magical Oz Family and laser tag. New for 2019, the Wine Bar and Craft Beer area showcased wine and craft beer from the Toowoomba region.