All ready for fruity festivities: The arches being raised for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.
All ready for fruity festivities: The arches being raised for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. JAQUI UNOLD/STANTHORPE BORDER POST

Town is primed for 2010 festival

WE may now be one council region but Apple and Grape Harvest Festival marketing co-ordinator Donna Beare says the largest festival on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt is still all about Stanthorpe.

Between 60,000 and 80,000 people are expected to flood to the heart of the Granite Belt for the festival, which starts tomorrow and runs through to Sunday.

“Warwick holds claim to the greatest rodeo in Australia and I think it’s a town-by-town thing, not so much as a shire thing,” she said.

“Stanthorpe puts on this event.”

There will be a huge array of activities for people to do at the festival – which means the main street of Stanthorpe will be closed to vehicular traffic from tomorrow until Sunday – and most events are free.

“We’ve got masses of stalls coming, probably between 150 and 180,” Mrs Beare said yesterday.

“The whole main street and side streets will be closed off and down into the Weeroona Park.”

One of the regular attractions to the festival is the celebrity grape crushing event, which will involve such celebrities as Shane Webcke, Bruce Scott and Lawrence Springborg – along with Mrs Beare – jumping barefoot into the tub.

“We’ve got some good media coming, which is great, and Queensland Weekender is going to do a one-hour special in April on the festival,” she said.

Mrs Beare said rain, hail or shine the festival would still be on this weekend.

“The festival just continues on, it makes no difference,” she said.

For more information, visit www.appleandgrape.org or contact the festival office on 4681 4111.

A full Apple and Grape festival program is available on the website at www.appleandgrape.org



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