Set to cel­e­brate Livin’ Lock­yer

Per­fect event to revel in all things spring

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

SPRING has of­fi­cially sprung and with the warmer weather comes one of the most an­tic­i­pated events on the re­gion’s cal­en­dar – the Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val.

The fin­ish­ing touches are be­ing made to the full ros­ter of fun lined up for the three-day event, which starts on Thurs­day.

The theme of this year’s cel­e­bra­tion is Livin’ Lock­yer and the event will pro­vide the per­fect plat­form to show­case ev­ery­thing that makes life in the Val­ley great.

Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said the fes­ti­val would bring an added el­e­ment of ex­cite­ment to the re­gion.

“The Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity each year and I’m con­fi­dent this year will be no ex­cep­tion,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“Come and en­joy this fab­u­lous com­mu­nity event.”

Venues across Lai­d­ley will host a va­ri­ety of dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties. Fes­tiv­i­ties start on Thurs­day with the Spring Orchid Show, as well as the Artists’ Ex­hi­bi­tion, Quilt and Craft Expo and church dis­plays of­fi­cially open­ing to the public.

The Lai­d­ley Mar­kets will fea­ture stalls of all types in Pa­trick St and the mall from 8am–1pm on Fri­day.

A high­light of the pro­gram will be the Spring Fes­ti­val Grand Pa­rade, which will start rolling at 9.30am on Satur­day.

Spec­ta­tors will line Pa­trick St to watch a cav­al­cade of dec­o­rated floats, her­itage trucks, vin­tage ve­hi­cles, com­mu­nity groups, school stu­dents, busi­nesses and bands go by.

The grand pa­rade is just the start of the fun on Satur­day, with the Lai­d­ley Recre­ation Re­serve set to come to life for a Fam­ily Fun Day fea­tur­ing stage en­ter­tain­ment, gi­ant games and many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pop­u­lar Make it, Bake it, Grow it Mar­kets will also be held on Satur­day from 8.30am–1pm op­po­site the IGA car park.

“A visit to some of the award-win­ning gar­dens on dis­play is also a must and I would en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested to en­joy a public bus tour of the win­ning gar­dens on Fri­day,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

Tick­ets for the Gar­den Tour are $10 with book­ings es­sen­tial. Phone 5466 3426.

“If you’re un­sure of what’s on of­fer to see and do, chat with friendly vol­un­teers at one of the In­for­ma­tion Hot Spots, lo­cated in front of the post of­fice, Pa­trick St or near

Come and en­joy this fab­u­lous com­mu­nity event. — Tanya Mil­li­gan, Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor

the stage at the Lai­d­ley Recre­ation Re­serve on Satur­day from 9am–2pm.”

A free shut­tle bus will run be­tween the main venues dur­ing the three days, de­part­ing the Lai­d­ley Cul­tural Cen­tre ev­ery 30 min­utes.

For a full list of the Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, go on­line to www.vis­it­lock­yer.com.au or phone 1300 005 872.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

DON’T MISS IT: The fore­cast for this weekend is look­ing good but the Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val Grand Pa­rade is al­ways pop­u­lar, rain, hail or shine.

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