Town ready to light up for opening
Lights on in eight days
THE Apple and Grape Harvest Festival committee is encouraging the whole community to be part of its opening night celebrations on Friday, February 23, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Maryland Street will be closed to traffic between Railway Street and Folkestone Street for an evening of events, including the official switching on of the festival lights.
Regular festival visitors, The String Family, and popular local band Cole Train will entertain throughout the evening.
This is also a chance to meet the Festival’s Young Ambassadors and wish them well for the festival week.
The Festival Mascots, Jonathan and Isabella, will also be there to help launch 10 days of festival fun.
Lights are expected to be turned on at 7.15pm.
With the plenty of space to fill, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is inviting the community to join in the festivities.
The committee is looking for vehicles, bikes, markets or other community groups to Show ‘n Shine on this opening night.
Contact the festival office (beside the Stanthorpe Newsagent) on 4681 4111 if you would like to be part of the opening night.
The Opening Night Celebration kicks off a week of events including the South East Queensland regional finals of the Australian Busking Championships (February 24), Ridgy Didge Bush Band performing in Civic Centre (February 24), Open Gardens (Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25; Wednesday, February 28; Friday, March 2; Saturday & Sunday, March 3-4), Banchetto Italiano (February 25); the Harvest Thanksgiving Service (February 25); daily food demonstrations by guest chefs featuring local produce matched to local wines; school performances in Farley Piazza; Seniors Concert (Tuesday, February 27); Family Concert with The String Family, brass and pipe bands (Tuesday, February 27); and Wine Master Classes; as well as golf and bowls events.
For the full program, visit the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival showroom or the festival website on www.appleandgrape.org
COUNTDOWN UNDER WAY: Opening ceremony is only a few more sleeps away.