TOP TUNES: The streets will be alive with music next weekend when busking returns to town.
TOP TUNES: The streets will be alive with music next weekend when busking returns to town. Contributed

Buskers return to town

STANTHORPE will be alive next weekend as buskers fill the main street for the Australian National Busking Championships south-east Queensland regional finals.

Musicians will perform all day on Saturday, with a full schedule planned for 9am-3.30pm.

Stanthorpe residents and visitors are asked to stop and listen and encourage the performers.

"Add an extra hour to your shopping trip to take in the vibe,” Rotarian Fran Hodgson said.

"Buy a cold drink and a hot sausage in the street and wander along and soak up the ambiance.

"Performing in front of a friendly public audience is a great way to build confidence in young people, showcase the skills of older people and just dazzle the world with your skills.”

The Rotary Club has great support from the Apple and Grape Committee for this event and it's possible that Apple and Grape President Greg Thouard may be performing.

Buskers also get to keep any money they collect from passers-by, who are encouraged to drop Busking Dollars into their hat or guitar case.

Busking Dollars can be purchased from the busking HQ beside the newsagency in Maryland Street and act as votes in the People's Choice award.

The busker with the most votes will win $1000.

There are many other categories in the competition and over $6500 in prizemoney will be won on the day.

The street busking will be followed by a free concert in Weeroona Park at 4pm, where the best of the buskers will battle it out on stage for prizemoney.

Food and drink will be available and families are encouraged to relax in our beautiful green park as the day finishes and hear the best of the day's busking.

Funds raised will be used in Rotary projects, including supporting local youth and helping Rotary rid the world of the polio disease.

Southern Downs Regional Council has provided a Community Grant, to help the Rotary Club run the busking and establish another festive weekend on the annual Stanthorpe calendar.

Visit the Busking@Stanthorpe website or Facebook page for more information and to see the high standard of some of the performers.

Nominations are still open for interested buskers and everyone is encouraged to give it ago.

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