GALLERY: Stanthorpe celebrates 2017 with a bang
STANTHORPE residents pulled out their beach attire as they ventured along to the Beach to the Bush New Year's Eve celebrations.
Around 400 people gathered at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds as they supported two of the Showgirls and took part in the festivities.
Member of the organising committee Paula Boatfield said the evening was great fun for all involved.
"The formula was great,” Mrs Boatfield said.
"We had great music, great food, the catering team put on a great feed.
"We had the bar running, we had raffles, we had all the activities under the sun and then to top it off we had a fantastic fireworks at the end of the night.
"We were very thankful for those members of the Stanthorpe community that supported our event.”
The range of activities provided kept people of all ages entertained.
"There was people in playing beach volleyball all night, those two courts weren't empty at all,” Mrs Boatfield said.
"People thought the yabby races were fantastic.
"The kids pinata was something that was great to watch.
"The kids all loved having a bit of a swing to see if they could bust it open.”
Mrs Boatfield said the best part of the evening however, was the super sized sprinkler.
"It was so hot and steamy those few days and we put the sprinkler on at different intervals over the night and the kids loved it,” she said.
The two bands, Speakeasy and Voodoo will also be performing at the Stanthorpe Show on February 3-5.
Voodoo will perform on Friday, February 3 and Speakeasy will perform at the Can Bar on Saturday, February 4.
The next event for the Stanthorpe Showgirls will be at the Show Ball on Saturday, January 28.
The ball will be held at the Exhibition Centre at the showgrounds and will feature great food and live music.
"It sets the atmosphere for the show the following weekend,” Mrs Boatfield said.
Tickets for the Great Gatsby themed ball are $70 and can be purchased from the Showgirls or the show office.
Mrs Boatfield said this celebration was a great example of how the Showgrounds can be used to cater for any event.
"It showcased the versatility of the showgrounds,” she said.
"It shows that whatever the theme you want to host at the showgrounds, we can adapt the facilities to suit and we're hoping that more and more people in our community want to use the facilities during the year.”