27 October 2010

Goodna goes purple for annual Jacaranda Festival


The annual parade will be a highlight at the Jacaranda Festival on Saturday.

THE clouds look set to part for the majority of this year's Jacaranda Festival, with forecasters predicting only passing showers for the first night of the celebration this Friday.

Preparations are well under way at Goodna's Evan Marginson Park, where as many 50,000 people will enjoy what will be the iconic festival's 30th year.

Traditionally marking the flowering of the jacaranda trees, the three-day event – which runs from Friday night to Sunday – is a showcase of more than just nature.

Live bands, more than 100 stalls, a 10km fun run, talent quest, street parade, skateboard competition and fireworks will feature at this year's festival.

Local area Councillor Paul Tully said Goodna residents had been working 30 years to ensure their festival remained successful.

"Goodna has been celebrating its beautiful jacaranda trees since the 1940s with various garden parties, shows and festivals," Cr Tully said.

"This year marks the 30th anniversary since the current festival began in 1980.

"Ipswich residents are very proud to continue the tradition of embracing the community spirit and pride that the Jacaranda Festival instils in local schools, businesses and sporting organisations.

"People come from far and wide for the three-day festival and with the support people continue to give, we plan to continue showcasing Goodna and Ipswich to make the festival bigger and better each year."

Things are looking good weatherwise, with sunny, hot days predicted throughout the festival weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting maximums of 26 on Friday, 27 on Saturday and 28 Sunday, with only a chance of a brief shower on Friday night.

Hopefully it won't put a dampener on the fireworks, which will light up the sky on both Friday and Saturday at 9pm.

Festivities will end with a bang on Sunday afternoon, with a star-studded line-up set to entertain as part of a new event called Rock Fest.

Australian rock and pop legends including Normie Rowe, Lucky Star, Denise Drysdale, Ian Turpie and Tony Worsley will hit the stage from 1pm.

As always, entry to the festival is free this year, apart from a $5 fee for those wanting to take part in the fun run or talent quest.

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