Rain falls on Stanthorpe's parade
DESPITE miserable weather conditions and rain throughout the weekend a huge crowd still turned out for the Apple and Grape Festival in Stanthorpe.
During the grand parade on Saturday the main street of Stanthorpe was lined from one end to the other with huge crowds on either side of the road, which treasurer Carolyn Gee estimated to be between 60,000 and 70,000 people.
“The crowds were just great; everyone was just having a fabulous time ... the rain did not hinder things at all,” she said.
One of the few things which the rain did disrupt was the RAAF aerobatics display scheduled to take place on Saturday. It had to be cancelled due to the heavy overcast conditions.
Ms Gee said the festival would not take place if not for committed volunteers.
“There are eight core directors who manage different parts of the festival but there would be literally hundreds of people in the community who donate their time somehow to help put the festival on,” she said.
Irish backpacker Tom Maguire has only been in the Stanthorpe district since September but he and his fellow tourists Stephanie Madden from Ireland and Joanne Harris from England gave the festival a “10 out of 10” rating.
Letitia Stuart and Bruce Fanning from Warwick said they too thought the festival was a fantastic event.
Former Ballandean and Stanthorpe residents Michael and Wendy Hall now live in Brisbane but return for the bi-annual celebration of the harvesting of apple and grapes every time it is held, without fail.