MAYBE it's the apples (or more likely the grapes) talking, but there's nothing quite as magical as watching the town light up indicating the Apple and Grape Harvest has officially started.

Despite the soggy conditions, there was not a soggy face to be seen as residents gathered around the piazza to be entertained by bands and of course watch the lights get switched on. 

Crowds were entertained by town crier Bob Townshend before Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie officially switched on the lanterns. 

Row by row the lights were switched on as the town lit up like a Christmas tree. 

Apple and Grape president Greg Thouard described the turning on of the lights as "just like the Olympics" - here for the next ten days. 

The Apple and Grape magic continues this weekend with the Busking championships on Saturday and the Banchetto Italiano Harvest and Thanksgiving service on Sunday. 

For the full program visit http://www.appleandgrape.org/full-program/

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