Violet Trigg and Erin Keong have been busy helping knit the amazing sunflower facade that will adorn Freestone Hall for Jumpers and Jazz in July this year.
Violet Trigg and Erin Keong have been busy helping knit the amazing sunflower facade that will adorn Freestone Hall for Jumpers and Jazz in July this year. Marian faa

Drought can't stop this bright crop of flowers from blooming

A BRIGHT idea is finally starting to bloom and the knitting effort is pulling a small community closer together.

Every week since May Freestone residents have been lending their hands to craft a flowery facade that will adorn the iconic Freestone Hall throughout Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz festival.

For visitors coming from Brisbane, it is likely to be the first woolly welcome to our region.

But the community has been weaving more than just the spectacular facade, which will be unveiled at a public event on July 21.

Hall secretary Erin Keong said it was all about the community threads behind the project.

"It has been lovely everyone has been getting together,” she said.

KNITTING TOGEHTHER: Freestone residents Helen Cameron, Pam Coy, Violet Trigg, Erin Keong and Kate Hargreaves have been getting together every week to make the Freestone Hall facade for Jumpers and Jazz this year.
KNITTING TOGEHTHER: Freestone residents Helen Cameron, Pam Coy, Violet Trigg, Erin Keong and Kate Hargreaves have been getting together every week to make the Freestone Hall facade for Jumpers and Jazz this year. Marian faa

"Community is so important and the hall has been here for such a long time, so we want to find a way for everyone to get involved.”

Even the students at Freestone State School have been putting their little hands to hard work, making the bees that will perch on bright sunflowers around the hall.

"This would the only crop of sunflowers that drought hasn't affected,” Freestone resident Graeme Shelley said.

The theme was chosen to reflect the iconic attraction that draws both locals and tourists to Freestone when fields are in bloom.

A breakfast and morning tea at the Freestone Hall will be held on July 21 from 8am with yarn-bombing, a car display and plenty of scrumptious food.

The impressive knitted project will be unveiled along with an official opening of the hall's new amenities by Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie at 11am.



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