Pa­rade to make for great vibes

Fun car­ni­val at­mos­phere

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

GRAN­ITE Belt stu­dents, teach­ers and P&C As­so­ci­a­tions are en­cour­aged to take time dur­ing their ap­proach­ing sum­mer hol­i­days to think about their en­tries in the 2018 Ap­ple and Grape Har­vest Fes­ti­val Grand Pa­rade.

With the fes­ti­val just three months away, Ap­ple and Grape Har­vest Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Greg Thouard is invit­ing schools to once again join in 10 days of fun ac­tiv­i­ties from Fe­bru­ary 23 to March 4, 2018.

To add to the car­ni­val at­mos­phere, all schools en­ter­ing the grand pa­rade are urged to dress in the theme of the 2018 fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing the Gran­ite Belt’s great pro­duce and food.

“At re­cent fes­ti­vals, there has been a won­der­ful growth in par­tic­i­pa­tion by schools in the grand pa­rade,” Mr Thouard said.

“In 2016, many schools en­tered in the car­ni­val spirit by dress­ing in 50th an­niver­sary or ‘When in Rome’ themes.

“What the 2018 fes­ti­val com­mit­tee would like to see is all schools en­ter­ing the grand pa­rade and be dressed in a theme that cel­e­brates the dis­trict’s food pro­duce. For in­stance, dress as a farmer, cel­e­brate gate-to-plate, or be a vine­yard, an or­chard, or even a cow or a sheep.

“Al­ter­na­tively, the school could make its own choice of colour­ful car­ni­val char­ac­ter dress-ups.

“Ul­ti­mately, the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee would like schools to fol­low their school flag/ban­ner with pride and sup­port a colour­ful grand pa­rade in dress-up themes.”

Al­though the theme of the 2018 Fes­ti­val is Stan­thorpe Food and Wine – It’s Divine, the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee does not ex­pect school chil­dren to cel­e­brate wine, leav­ing that for the adult pa­rade en­tries.

To en­cour­age schools to have fun by dress­ing-up and en­ter­ing the pa­rade Crisps Coaches is sup­port­ing a Schools Cat­e­gory in the Colour­ful Car­ni­val Char­ac­ters sec­tion.

Fi­nal prize lev­els are yet to be de­ter­mined but it is ex­pected at least first, sec­ond and third prizes will be awarded.

The grand pa­rade judg­ing process will be stream­lined so that chil­dren do not have to wait too long for the pa­rade to be judged.

Nom­i­na­tion forms will be sent to schools in early 2018.

The Ap­ple and Grape Har­vest Fes­ti­val also of­fers school mu­sic groups, choirs and po­ets the chance to per­form in Far­ley Pi­azza dur­ing fes­ti­val week.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Greg Thouard on 0400 750 351 or pres­i­dent@ ap­ple­and­grape.org. Check the fes­ti­val web­site www.ap­ple­and­grape.org for up­dates.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DRESS-UPS: The Ap­ple and Grape Har­vest Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee is keen to see all schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade wear­ing creative cos­tumes.

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