COOL breezes could not stop a large crowd venturing into the spring sun to kick up their heels at the 2011 Laidley Spring Festival on the weekend.
A crowd of around 3500 people, swelled by numbers arriving on the popular steam train, turned out in Laidley's main street to laugh, watch, clap and cheer the Grand Parade with people lined up six deep to get a view.
Organisers were happy with the turn out after what has been a difficult year for many in the district, with locals and tourists alike needing little excuse to get out and join in the carnival atmosphere.
Many took advantage of the street entertainers, bands, a car show and shine and regular attractions such as the Pioneer Village, the Quilt and Craft expo, art exhibitions, Das Neumann Haus Museum and flower and orchid shows which proved a surprise hit with around 1000 people passing through the doors to view award winning blooms.
Local charities and clubs were the main beneficiaries of the day and the good natured atmosphere continued into the night with Police reporting a well behaved crowd in attendance.
Don't miss the next edition of the Laidley Plainland Leader for more photos and coverage of the 2011 festival.
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