SPRING HAS SPRUNG AS FLOWERS POWER ON
CHARLOTTE Horton is all about having a blooming good time.
One of the almost 200,000 visitors expected to attend Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers this weekend, the toddler (pictured) wanted to taste the event’s atmosphere – literally.
The curious one-year-old was so enamoured by the beautiful colours on display she wanted to put them in her mouth, her grandfather David Grant said.
“She did quite a bit of walking but she swallowed a bit of the red dirt as well,” Mr Grant said.
From modest beginnings in 1949 when it was launched by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, the regional extravaganza has grown into an economic powerhouse for the Garden City.
Overnight visits have jumped from one-night stays to almost three at last year’s event, and it now generates about $26 million for the region, according to Tourism and Events Queensland.
As well as flower power and stunning garden displays lining the streets of the Garden City, music also has an important role in the festival.
Mr Grant, who spent the morning admiring the poppies in Laurel Bank Park with Charlotte, said the local Jim Miller Big Band was a toe-tapping good time.
“Charlotte just loves music,” Mr Grant said. “But she’s only just at the stage where she’s walking so she had a little dance in my arms.”
Opening this year’s festival, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her Government’s support of the event for another three years.