YANDINA STREET FAIR BOASTS SEVEN HOURS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT
IT'S the colourful event that closes the streets of a major hinterland town and draws thousands of people each year to indulge in seven hours of non-stop entertainment - the 27th annual Yandina Street Fair is on again this Sunday, August 21 from 11am to 6pm.
The town's main streets will be packed with craft and food stalls, while whacky street entertainers will mingle with the crowds to keep a smile on all faces - young and old. Australian champion unicyclist and juggler extraordinaire Simon Wells will be the job during the day to wow the crowd with his dexterity.
This family-orientated event is the longest-running fair on the Sunshine Coast and is free for all to attend. The fair features two stages of entertainment, amusement rides, belly dancers, fire twirlers and fireworks plus a host of musical entertainment and community/school demonstrations.
The colourful and stirring official opening ceremony begins with a colourful parade and performances featuring the Maleny Fifth Light Horse Brigade, the Sunshine Coast Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band, the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, the Yandina State School Choir and more than 70 dancers from the Yandina State School P&C Dance Academy.
The Yandina Street Fair traditionally showcases the best in local talent and this year organisers have booked a host of energetic and original performers - some professional, some school students, and some members of the newly-formed Yandina Musos Club.
The main Beaurepaires Stage features music of all styles - rock, blues, country, folk, global music and jazz plus Bazza the Bush Balladeer will regale the crowd with a good dose of Australiana tales and poetry.
Performers are the rauchy Michelle Brown and John Maier, the new-look Shrinking Violets, duo Maximum Sweetness, Eumundi King of Song finalist Dan Lyons, Yandina Muso's For One Night Only, singer-songwriter Bill Ryan, the global One-World Singers and the new and revamped Holloway Street.
The Blue Moon Stage showcases 14-year-old singer-songwriter sensation Layla Klinkert, the laidback Face 2 Face band, the toe-tapping Blue Dog and Yandina's own brilliant-in-pink Howarrazzii Belly Dancers.
The stage opens with the North Arm State School Merimbah Band and performances include a Zen Thai demonstration from North Arm State School students, the award-winning Yandina State School Wakakiri Drama Club, the champion North Arm School Kookaburra Skipping Team, a fashion parade by Cheeky Kids, a Falun Gong demonstration and a yoga demonstration.
At 4pm, the winners of the Pioneer Permanent Building Society's colouring-in competition will be presented with their prizes including two new bicycles and an art workshop with the acclaimed Ian and Judy Hall-Grieve.
The fair ends with major raffle draws followed by sensational fire twirlers and fantastic fireworks by KC's Fireworks Displays.
The event features two stages of entertainment, amusement rides, street performers, fireworks, fire twirlers and a variety of stalls.
Stall bookings are available by contacting Ann Barton on 5446 6616 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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