Lights On The Hill has grown
ALMOST 600 trucks roared into Gatton last year for Lights On The Hill, and this year the event is making a move.
The memorial convoy has grown so much in size that the committee needed to find a bigger venue, and this year on February 28, it will be held at Gatton Racecourse.
Lights On The Hill president Kerry Wilkins said the venue had the capacity to hold 3000 trucks.
"We had 585 trucks last year and there wasn't enough room to park a motorbike," Mr Wilkins said.
"A lot of the credit has to go to the local council, people and businesses; they have really gotten behind us.
"Last year we brought in 10,000 people for a one-day event, so everyone benefits from it."
Mr Wilkins said the bigger venue was also needed for the bigger music artists to play at the event this year, Adam Brand and McAlister Kemp.
The LOTH committee has also track protector flooring so trucks can drive straight over the racetrack and into the middle of the course without doing any damage.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the event had the potential to grow even further.
"When you look at the memorial wall with all those names, a lot of those people had a connection with this area and I think that is something that people are really conscious of," Mr Jones said.
"It is a day when people recognise what Lights On The Hill is about and people have a bit of fun in the process."
The Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy will be held on Saturday, February 28. Gates open at 9am.
For information go to lightsonthehill.com.au