Jacaranda Festival ready to rock
THE jacaranda trees are starting to bloom in Goodna which can only mean one thing – it's time for the Jacaranda Festival again.
The annual festival, which attracts about 50,000 people during the three days of events, also boasts a star-studded line up of performers this year.
Community engagement committee chairperson Councillor Heather Morrow said the festival was growing to be a very popular event in Ipswich.
"Starting at 5pm on Friday, October 29, this year's festival will have bands, more than 100 stalls, a 10-kilometre fun run, school talent quest, a festival parade and skateboard competition," she said.
"Fireworks will light up the sky at 9pm on the Friday and Saturday nights with the festival closing on the Sunday with a new event called the Rock Fest.
"The Rock Fest will be from 1pm to 5pm on October 31, with performances by Australian rock legends Normie Rowe, Lucky Star, Denise Drysdale, Ian Turpie and Tony Worsley."
Division 2 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 with various garden parties, shows and festivals," he 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."
The Jacaranda festival will be held from October 29, to 31, at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna. Entry to the festival is free but there is a $5 entry fee to compete in the fun run or talent quest.