SHAKE UP: Organisers of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival are calling on members of the community to have some input into how the 2020 festival will run.
SHAKE UP: Organisers of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival are calling on members of the community to have some input into how the 2020 festival will run. Shane Andersen

Should we cut festival?

MORE than 50 years into it's life, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is set for a shake-up.

One of Queensland's premier festival events, the committee behind its organisation is calling on the community to lead the festival into a new era.

A public meeting has been called for Thursday, October 11, with festival president Greg Thouard wanting fresh ideas brought to the table.

"There have been many changes to the format of the festival since its inception in 1966 and the current committee would like the community to have a say in the direction the festival should take," Mr Thouard said.

"It's changing times with every festival and the festival has had checkpoints in place since 1966 to address the themes of the day, the challenges and particularly the costs of the day.

"There are a whole heap of new things festivals are facing going into the future - more than 30-40 years ago and more than 5-10 years ago," he said.

Two of the big things Mr Thouard said needed investigation was whether the 10-day festival needed to be cut to fewer days and whether the multicultural festival and wines fiesta was living up to its name.

"We need to address whether the multicultural festival delivers multicultural themes or should it be changed to another name to suit the entertainment.

"The idea of the festival is to showcase Stanthorpe first and foremost," he said.

Nothing is off limits, with ideas of whether to drop events, bring in new ones, how to best promote the festival and how to fund the festival all to be discussed.

"Be involved to go forward," Mr Thouard said.

The meeting will be held in the Stanthorpe RSL conference room on October 11 from 7-.15pm. RSVP with names to secretary@apple andgrape.org.

Ideas from the evening will be collated and presented at the AGM in November.

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