PURPLE HAZE: Looking forward to the Jacaranda Festival are (from left), Sephrenia McGregor, Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, Calder McGregor, Alexander McGregor and Kheva McGregor.
PURPLE HAZE: Looking forward to the Jacaranda Festival are (from left), Sephrenia McGregor, Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, Calder McGregor, Alexander McGregor and Kheva McGregor. David Nielsen

Excitement is blooming in lead up to Jacaranda Festival

THE Jacaranda's in Evan Marginson Park are in full bloom, which only mean one thing - the annual Goodna Jacaranda Festival is here once again.

Excitement is brewing within the Goodna community as residents look forward to three days of fun at a festival which they say rivals the Ekka.

Some of this year's highlights include 19 amusement rides for all kinds of thrill seekers in Sideshow Alley, a Kids Corner with lots of free activities for the little ones, a classic car show bringing hundreds of vehicles for motoring enthusiasts to adore, dozens of market stalls for the bargain hunters and fireworks that will light up the night sky.

Festival organiser Mathew Taylor said this weekend's event was sure to bring big crowds.

"Each year we easily get tens of thousands of people, and this year will be no exception," he said.

"This is a much-loved event in Goodna and is a real family friendly environment.

"There will be something for everyone, from the little kids to adults.

"We are looking forward to seeing you all there."

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the festival was a way for the community to celebrate everything good about the city.

The fun kicked off last night and will continue through the weekend.

The festival starts up at 8am today and goes through to 9pm while on Sunday it will be open from 7am-2.30pm.

The QT's suburban publication, The Satellite features a four page lift out of everything you need to know about the weekend.

Copies of the Satellite will be available on stands throughout the park.



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