Colours to bring plethora of fun

Make a day of it and come to the Colours of the Lockyer festival this Sunday with free entry and entertainment, and a plethora of activities, market stalls and food options. Picture: Jacob Hayden

You’re going to want to clear your schedule, because the sixth annual Colours of the Lockyer arts and culture festival is returning to Laidley this Sunday.

Spirit of the Valley owner and events organiser Idell Wadley said she was very content with this year’s line-up.

“Somehow every year we just seem to do better,” Ms Wadley said.

“We have copious amounts, a plethora, of free activities… everything from playing around with art on easels, creating your own masterpiece, leatherwork, messy play, face-painting.”

The free-entry event will host several special guests and entertainers.

“We do have a very special guest, and that special guest has very long ears and lots of chocolate goodies for people, but I won’t mention any names,” Ms Wadley said.

“That guest will be arriving at 10:30 along with the Mayor.

“We also have a Formula Three race car driver, Kyle Evans, who will be there from 11 to 1 to sign posters… and Gilmour Racing will also be there with at least four Formula Three race cars.”

Ms Wadley said there would also be plenty of local entertainment.

“We’re introducing an Ipswich trio called the Oztones, they’ll be doing a mix of originals and covers… they’re kind of a blues-y come Elvis band,” she said.

“We have special guest Matt Kar who is an up-and-coming musician getting some airplay on Spotify.

“We’ve got Move and Groove the dance school, we’ve got local legend Leona Walker and the Harvestival competition winner from last year, Sammy Morgan.

“At 12 o’clock is the Legends of the Lockyer talent quest with a $200 prize pool.”

There will be more than a kilometre of market information stalls including the National Fire Ant Eradication Program, Blenheim Fire Brigade, Army Reserves, Laidley Community Centre, Lockyer Billy Cart Association, and Life Without Barriers.

Ms Wadley said Colours would have food options to cater every taste.

“There’s Afghan Traditional Sweets, Golden Churros, Suci Kebabs, Hot Slice Pizza, and legendary and crowd favourite Kick’n Chicken,” she said.

“We’ve got things like deep-fried desserts with Café on Call, and Wahnou Kai with fish and chips, burgers and affordable kids meals.

“Lockyer Billy Cart Association will be running the sausage sizzle and bacon and egg rolls with cold drinks.

“Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or you prefer savoury, there’s something there for everybody including gluten free options and vegan.”

Colours of the Lockyer is a free-to-attend family event that showcases local and is run by local volunteers.

“I would advise anybody planning on popping in to make sure they plan to spend the day, because they will just get lost in everything there is to do,” Ms Wadley said.

“There’s a whole weekend to be had with the Ferrari Park markets on the Saturday and before the festival opens you might want to go and grab some breakfast and have a wonder around Plainland Country Markets.”

Colours of the Lockyer will be held at Ferrari Park in Laidley from 10am-3pm on Sunday 24 March.