Jason Amit salutes in his Light Horse uniform at Laidley's Pioneer Village Australia Day celebrations in 2014. The Light Horse will be back again this year.
Jason Amit salutes in his Light Horse uniform at Laidley's Pioneer Village Australia Day celebrations in 2014. The Light Horse will be back again this year. Derek Barry

Lockyer and Somerset gear up for Australia Day

AUSTRALIA Day is here again on Monday and there are plenty of activities across the region for people wanting to get involved.

Laidley is home to Lockyer Valley's Australia Day celebrations this year, and the gates at the Pioneer Village will open from 7am.

A full barbecue breakfast will be available, and there will be entertainers and a flag-raising ceremony involving the Light Horse Troop about 9am.

A blacksmith will perform horseshoeing demonstrations, and members of the Ipswich Small Engines group will have a wide variety of engines operating and will be happy to chat with you and answer any questions.

Come in and look at all the historical displays and buildings open from 7am-3pm. Entry is free on the day.

At 10am, the action moves on to the Laidley Cultural Centre for a barbie and backyard cricket.

There will be an array of market stalls, entertainment, children's activities and more from 10am-2pm.

The Australia Day Awards will be held from 10am-noon as the Lockyer pays tribute to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to their local community and/or achieved exceptional results in sporting, environment or cultural endeavours.

Bring the family along to find out which citizens will be honoured for their community contributions in the fields of sport, environment and culture, and who will be the Lockyer Valley Citizen of the Year.

Outside in the park there will be market stalls, entertainment, children's activities and much more to keep the entire family entertained.

There will be plenty for the children, such as face painting, scouting activities, stage entertainment, cupcake icing and more.

Parents can relax and enjoy the fRETfEST showcase featuring young singer-songwriters in an acoustic format on stage from 10am. Then Farmer Rob will keep the kids entertained at noon and 1pm.

Local group Hip Twitch School of Global Grooves will entertain you in the breaks and run workshops on belly dance techniques.

Over in Somerset, the fun will be centred around the council area's four swimming pools with Lowood, Kilcoy, Esk and Toogoolawah pools to provide a range of activities and family fun from 10am to 5pm on Monday.

As well as free entertainment and activities at each of the region's pools, Council is hosting a free Australia Day breakfast for residents at the Somerset Civic Centre at Esk.

Residents are invited to attend the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Somerset Civic Centre at 10am.


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