With the clock ticking down to the 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, it’s time for businesses, community groups and members of the public to begin planning their entry in the Channel 7 Festival Grand Parade.

The Channel 7 Grand Parade is a festival tradition, highlighting the region’s community spirit,
produce and enterprise. The 2018 Grand Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 3, is expected to once again attract thousands of spectators.

Sponsorship by the Festival major partner, Channel 7, will give entrants a chance to be seen in
coverage across Queensland. Local and visiting entrants will join festival entertainers, carnival characters, festival mascots Jonathan and Isabella, and marching bands, including the Royal Australian Navy Band, to create a colourful hour-long spectacle.

The 2018 festival theme, “Stanthorpe Food and Wine – It’s Divine”, offers plenty of scope for
colourful and imaginative parade entries and costumes. 

Individual entrants are welcome to join the parade on foot in costume as a Colourful Carnival

Entry in the grand parade is free and all participants will have an opportunity to win great prizes across many categories, including the Derek McCosker Memorial trophy for the Grand Champion Float.

Entry forms are available from either the Grand Parade page. or calling the Festival Office on (07) 4681 4111, or contact the Grand Parade Director, Bill Brown on 0409 143 814. 

The application form must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 to the Festival
office or by mail to P.O. Box 338, Stanthorpe QLD 4380.

For further information on parade rules and float specifications, visit the Grand Parade page.


Festival promoted in Warwick and Toowoomba

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival flew the flag for Stanthorpe and district at the recent Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, where the Festival entry won second prize in the Visiting Floats category.

The Festival float was also a part of the Warwick Rose & Rodeo Festival grand parade on the weekend.

“By taking part in other festivals, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is promoting not only our event but the entire region,”  Festival president Greg Thouard said.

“Thanks to the volunteers and Ambassadors who gave their time to travel to Toowoomba and Warwick and encourage festival fans to make the trip to Stanthorpe from February 23-March 4.”


Office volunteers needed

Due to the amount of work involved in organising the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival and the increasing number of inquiries as the festival approaches, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Office in Maryland Street will be open two days a week.

The festival office in the Cairnsmoor Building (upstairs next to Cork & Fork café) is currently open on Tuesdays but will also be open on Thursdays.

Members of the public who are willing to assist with administrative duties are invited to contact the office on (07) 4681 4111.