UNDER WAY: Ten days of fun and frivolity kicks off tomorrow night in the main street.
UNDER WAY: Ten days of fun and frivolity kicks off tomorrow night in the main street. Errol Walker

Apple and Grape Festival to attract crowd of thousands

STANTHORPE'S most eagerly anticipated event, the 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, kicks off with a night of music and fun on Friday.

The turning on of the festival lights at 7.15pm will mark the official start of 10 days of events celebrating the wine and produce of the Granite Belt.

The 2018 Festival Young Ambassadors will join mascots Jonathan and Isabella and festival partners Ergon Energy in Maryland St for opening night celebrations, from 5pm.

Perennial festival favourites, The String Family, will entertain at the street party, as well as local band Cole Train and visiting buskers.

Car clubs and enthusiasts will show off their vehicles.

"We hope Stanthorpe will turn out in force to see the new festival lights for the first time, view the decorated windows and enjoy the atmosphere of the opening night," festival president Greg Thouard said.

"This is a great way to get into the festival spirit, with a small taste of what is to come on the festival week."

The entertainment continues on Saturday, when the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival committee teams with Stanthorpe Rotary to present Busking@Stanthorpe, the South East Queensland Regional finals of the Australian Busking Championships.

Around 30 buskers from throughout southern Queensland and northern NSW will perform in the main street from 9am-3.30pm, before moving to Weeroona Park for a free concert from 4pm.

You can help choose the winner by buying 'Busker Dollars' and giving them to your favourite busker.

While in Stanthorpe, drop in to the Stanthorpe gallery to see more than 200 works by local artists on display in LAF (Local Arts Festival) Out Loud. The exhibition will be shown during the festival from 10am-4pm daily (except Monday).

To find out what else is going on pick up a copy of the official Apple and Grape Harvest Festival program or see our guide across the next few editions of the Border Post.

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