Spring Festival shines
The Laidley Spring Festival’s grand parade was treated to stunning spring weather as hoards of floats took to the CBD to celebrate another premier three-day event.
Residents and visitors alike were out and about visiting some of the stunning gardens on display, as well as making the most of the numerous activities and entertainment that was on offer. A major highlight of the event was the Laidley Garden Show’s 50th anniversary event.
Laidley State High School students and staff took home the title of grand champion float in Saturday’s parade. The float, titled “The Moral Is…” featured story book characters.
Council’s Mayor Steve Jones said the time and effort parade entrants had committed to their floats and costumes was to be commended.
“The grand parade is always a highlight of the Laidley Spring Festival and this year’s was second to none,” Cr Jones said.
2012 Grand Parade winners:
Best Children’s float: Laidley Kindergarten
Best Business float: Laidley United Realty
Best Sporting Group float: Laidley Golf Club
Best Marching/Walking Group: Tabletop Junior Arts and Craft Inc
Best Primary/High School float: St Mary’s Primary School
Best Band: Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band
Best Historic/Antique Motor Vehicle Group float: Laidley Pioneer Village Museum
Best Cultural/Creative float: Laidley Valley Circus Arts
Laidley Spring Festival best ever
Laidley was a hive of activity as thousands flocked to the annual Spring Fair which was being hailed as the best ever.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said Laidley hosted a three day party that will be talked about for generations to come.
“After being hit hard by the Australia Day weekend flood earlier this year, the entire town got behind the Spring Festival this year with many describing it as the best festival ever,” he said.
“Thousands of people flocked to Laidley to take part in the festivities which is not only a signature event for Laidley, but an important event for the entire region.
“The Laidley Cultural Centre proved a popular venue hosting the Laidley Garden Club’s Gardens and Flowers Show, the Lockyer Valley Orchid Society’s Orchid Show and the Lockyer Valley Artist’s Exhibition.” Cr Jones said.
“Daus Neumann Haus was another popular area with arts and crafts stalls over the three day festival as well as a fresh produce market on the Saturday.
“Residents and visitors took a step back in time at the Laidley Pioneer Village with the Quilt and Craft Expo at the Laidley Uniting Church also proving very popular.
“It was great to see so many families out and about enjoying themselves.
“There is no doubt we live in one of the best parts of the world with the Laidley Spring Festival really highlighting our sense of civic pride and community spirit,” he said.
“The Main Parade was an outstanding success and I would like to congratulate the following winners:
Best Children’s Float – Free Range Kids
Best Business Float – Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast
Best Sporting Group – Laidley Dragon Boat
Best Community Group – Laidley Art Society
Best School float – St Mary’s Primary School
Best Band – Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band
Best Historical/Antique Motor Vehicle – Lockyer Antique Motor Assoc Inc
Best Cultural / Creative Float – Lockyer Valley Circus Arts
Grand Champion – St Mary’s Primary School