Nine-year-old Tylah Bauer with her colourfully-dressed tree ready for the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.
Nine-year-old Tylah Bauer with her colourfully-dressed tree ready for the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

'Dressed' tree numbers a record

AFTER dedicating a fortnight to perfecting her design, nine-year-old Tylah Bauer was undeterred by the wintry weather signalling the start of the city’s quirky Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Warwick reached a maximum temperature of 15 degrees by 9.30am yesterday, but the mercury rapidly plummeted to 11 degrees under grey skies, a strong south westerly and drizzling rain.

But the dismal conditions failed to deter the enthusiasm of artists with a record breaking 160 trees “dressed” in this year’s psychedelic theme.

Festival organiser Karina Devine said tree numbers were up by 10 on last year and reflected the increasing appeal of the unusual winter celebration.

“This is the largest number of trees we have ever dressed,” she said.

“People have come from as far away as Mackay to be involved in the tree dressing.

“But apart from the tree dressing we have more on in the form of workshops and entertainment than ever.”

Self-described “textile artist” Tylah made the trip from Pittsworth with her grandmother Sue to be part of this year’s event and neither were deterred by the blustery conditions.

“You can’t get here and say the weather’s awful we’re packing up,” Mrs Bauer said.

“It is part of the challenge. You need a design that can withstand exposure to the wind and rain.

“We’ve spent a fortnight working on our design, so you have to see it through regardless of the weather.”

Others like North Queenslander Denise van der Lugt were momentarily deceived into thinking tropical thoughts as she hung her “jellyfish” exhibit in a palm tree outside the town hall.

“My first impressions are what a colourful, fun festival, but how cold is it?” Ms van der Lugt asked.

For others like tree design veteran Tricia Crimean from Maryvale the event was an opportunity to showcase the creative side of the Southern Downs.

“I love participating and it is an important event on the region’s art calendar,” she said.

Thousands of visitors are expected through the city as part of the 10-day festival celebrations. The CBD tree jumpers will be judged today and tomorrow.

Warwick residents are also reminded they can still enter trees in their yard as part of the “Yarn Bomb Your Tree With Love” category until July 24.

To enter residents need to email a photograph of their finished project to karina.devine@southerndowns.qld.gov.au

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