19 October 2010

Ipswich and Goodna are alive with colour

THE streets of Ipswich have been splashed with purple after heavy rain encouraged jacaranda trees to bloom early this year.

The vibrant trees are in full flower across the city, ensuring there will be no shortage of violet during the Jacaranda Festival later this month.

The annual three-day event is expected to attract 50,000 people to Goodna for a star-studded line up of performers from October 29.

This year's festival at Goodna's Evan Marginson Park will include bands, more than 100 stalls, a fun run, school talent quest, a parade and skateboard competition.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 9 on the Friday and Saturday nights with the festival closing on the Sunday with a new event called the Rock Fest.

Division Two Councillor Paul Tully said Goodna residents had been working together for 30 years to make the annual Jacaranda Festival a success.

"Goodna has been celebrating its beautiful Jacaranda trees since the 1940s," Cr Tully said.

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

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