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Laidley Spring Festival shows a town for all seasons

Saturday's parade was full of many colourful characters and creations.
Saturday's parade was full of many colourful characters and creations. Derek Barry

LAIDLEY town is taking a well-earned breather this week after putting its best foot forward for the Spring Festival.

The three day festival brought visitors in huge numbers from across south-east Queensland and beyond to check out the best the town and the Lockyer Valley had to offer.

The Cultural Centre was a riot of colour with the garden and flower and art shows spilling out to the courtyard while the orchid show brought some stunning scents and sights to the back room.

The Laidley Uniting Church and hall were also transformed by the some magnificent creations for the annual Quilts and Crafts Show which went all three days.

But it was Saturday when the action really hotted up with the threatening rain staying clear to make for a great day out.

The steam train came in from Ipswich railyards on Saturday morning and was packed with daytrippers from Brisbane and Ipswich looking to enjoy a day at the festival to browse the markets and watch the parade.

The train then picked up many locals who did the Laidley-Gatton loop before returning in time for the parade.

The parade picked up the "Four Seasons" theme of the Festival with many intricately-decorated and brightly coloured floats.

Led by the town crier, the parade went up Patrick Street with music from the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band and the Salvation Army band.

There was also a large contingent of Light Horse troopers and an impressive display of vintage cars.

Numbers were difficult to judge but anecdotal evidence suggest the attendance was well up on previous years.

Topics:  laidley, laidley spring festival


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