FUN FOR KIDS: Amelia Batchelor doing chalk art in the main street during the last Apple and Grape Festival.
FUN FOR KIDS: Amelia Batchelor doing chalk art in the main street during the last Apple and Grape Festival. Contributed

Youngsters at heart of Apple and Grape

THE 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival will offer plenty of fun for young visitors.

The festival kicks off with Ergon Network turning on festival lights on Friday, February 23, featuring performances by The String Family and local band Cole Train.

Market stalls will be invited to fill the street, which will be closed to traffic from 5.30pm

On Saturday, February 24, the town will be humming to the sounds of entrants in Rotary Stanthorpe South East Queensland regional finals of the Australian Busking Championships.

Buskers will be entertaining throughout the main street and then in Weeroona Park from 4pm. Support your favourite busker, or if you are a singer, musician, group or entertainer, throw down your hat and try your luck.

Buskers' tips are theirs to keep, so this is a chance to make some spending money and maybe win a prize and a spot in the Australian Busking Championships.

For nomination forms, go to buskingstanthorpe .org.au. Entries close on February 16.

A family bush dance at the Stanthorpe Centre on Saturday, February 24, is set to be a great night of family fun. Proceeds of the bush dance will support chaplaincy in local schools.

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service by the Minister's Fellowship will be held at the Civic Centre on Sunday evening, February 25.

Throughout the festival week, there will be entertainment for people of all ages, including live music and cooking demonstrations in Farley Piazza, Brass, Pipe, Swing, String and Sing Variety Concert (Tuesday, February 27), 3D Chalk Art (Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 to March 1), Apple Day (Thursday, March 1) and Grape Day (Friday, March 2), including an opportunity to crush grapes and see the Tarantella Dancers.

Runners, cyclists and golfers can sign up for That Dam Ride on Sunday or The Summit Triples Bowls, both on February 25, Power Tynan Mt Marlay Fun Run on Saturday, March 3, or the Crisps Coaches Festival Golf Day on Thursday, March 1.

As part of the Rebel/ Breeze street carnival on Saturday, March 3, the Heritage Bank Youth Zone will feature rides, an animal nursery, climbing wall and sideshow entertainment.

Kids will love the Channel 7 grand parade on Saturday, March 3, with its colourful floats, roving entertainers and carnival characters.

Parade entry forms are available at www.appleand grape.com.au.

There's so much more happening so keep an eye out for other must-see events.

Following the parade the usual fun and mayhem will happen at the Stanthorpe Border Post Queensland Grape Crushing Championships with celebrities, the media and Young Ambassadors.

The main Saturday of the festival culminates in the spectacular Rossow Bulk Haulage fireworks display over Quart Pot Creek.

The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival in Weeroona Park on March 3-4 features great entertainment throughout Saturday until 9pm, Sunday until festival close at 6pm, and admission is free for people 17 years old or under.

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