Lai­d­ley springs to life for three-day cel­e­bra­tion


READY TO ROLL: Chase Olsen gets in on the ac­tion at the 2017 Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val grand pa­rade.

PEO­PLE lined Pa­trick St in Lai­d­ley on Satur­day to wel­come spring in grand style.

The 2017 Lai­d­ley Spring Fes­ti­val grand pa­rade capped off the cel­e­bra­tion of the new sea­son in fit­ting fash­ion.

The street pa­rade on Satur­day morn­ing was a crowd-pleaser and the sun was shin­ing as ve­hi­cles of all shapes, sizes and vin­tages rolled through town.

The Lock­yer Val­ley Cheer­lead­ers were named Grand Cham­pi­ons of the pa­rade for their float.

Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said the whole fes­ti­val proved a big suc­cess, kick­ing off on Thurs­day and com­ing to an end at the week­end.

“Busi­nesses told me that town was very busy over the fes­ti­val days, there were plenty of buses and vis­i­tors, the weather was di­vine and crowds stayed af­ter the pa­rade,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

With poor weather con­di­tions putting a damp­ener on pro­ceed­ings last year, it was a wel­come sight to see the sun shin­ing.

“This year we took a gam­ble and tried an ear­lier pa­rade time and on feed­back I re­ceived, this was a suc­cess,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“It was re­ally great af­ter the pa­rade to see so many fam­i­lies stay and just en­joy the fes­ti­val, en­joy our hos­pi­tal­ity and soak up the weather.”

Voice Kids Aus­tralia win­ner and Aus­tralia’s 2016 Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alexa Cur­tis made her en­trance dur­ing the pa­rade and later per­formed to com­ple­ment the many fam­ily-friendly stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties at the Lai­d­ley Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

“There are peo­ple that are out on pic­nic rugs that have just gone to one of the lo­cal stalls, just eat­ing and hav­ing a great day out,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“That’s what it’s about. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing won­der­ful about spring.”

Voice Kids Aus­tralia win­ner and Aus­tralia's 2016 Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alexa Cur­tis makes her en­trance.

The pa­rade fea­tured sev­eral ve­hi­cles from the Lai­d­ley Pi­o­neer Vil­lage.

Ve­hi­cles of all vin­tages got their mo­ment in the sun dur­ing the grand pa­rade.

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