BIG HIT: The Haystack Mountain Hermits won a slew of awards at last year's busking championships.
BIG HIT: The Haystack Mountain Hermits won a slew of awards at last year's busking championships. Shane Andersen Photography

BACK ON: Australian Busking Championships to hit Stanthorpe

STANTHORPE will host a regional competition for the Australian National Busking Championships, for the fourth consecutive year, on Saturday, March 23.

This South East Queensland busking competition has been a winner for Stanthorpe, bringing musicians and street entertainers from all over Australia.

It is always a fun-filled family day with a huge variety of free entertainment on display.

Local businesses and supporters generously provide prizemoney for the buskers and the local economy is enhanced by an increase in visitor numbers.

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Committee is continuing to support the South East Queensland championships after being the first in 2016 to hold a regional competition outside the national headquarters.

Jointly hosted by the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe in the earlier years, the competition attracts outstanding performers across all its categories.

In 2018, the Stanthorpe winners Haystack Mountain Hermits (open category) and Felicity Kircher (secondary age category) went on to take out the top awards at the ANBC National Grand Finals in Cooma, NSW.

ANBC director Allan Spencer said "these Stanthorpe champions went up against the very best performers from six other ANBC regional finals from all around Australia.

"It was a credit to these wonderful musicians and a proud honour for Stanthorpe, because it was the Stanthorpe competition that gave them their chance at the nationals.”

The Australian National Busking Championships is now in its eighth year and has provided a great stepping stone for performers wanting to get into the entertainment industry.

The 2019 event will be a perfect mix of music for Stanthorpe with busking during the day and finishing in time for Sounds in the Vines from 4pm.

Buskers interested in participating can contact president@appleandgrape

.org or phone 0400 750 351.

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