Youths hit the highs at festival

THE third annual Rosewood Youth Festival transformed Tom Lenihan Skate Park into a hive of activity.

Youth support organisation Young Life worked in partnership with Ipswich City Council to co-ordinate the event, which was held yesterday.

From jumping castles and food stalls to live music and face painting this year's youth festival had it all.

Younger festival goers enjoyed tucking into sno-cones while teenagers impressed the crowd with their skating skills.

Mother of five Celia Rayner said her children revelled in the free festival fun provided on the day.

"All of the kids really enjoyed it," she said.

"It's a great event and really brings the community together."

John Beutel, head of Young Life Rosewood, is passionate about local youth and runs a number of programs in the area.

"Young Life do a lot around Rosewood. The annual Youth Festival is one of our bigger events," he said.

"Our key focus is engaging with the youth of Rosewood and getting them involved with their community."

Budding musician, 18-year-old Alex Dowdle, performed at this year's youth festival.

"I've been every year and this year is definitely the largest turnout yet," he said.

Councillor David Pahlke also joined in the festivities.

"The event is a fun, positive way to bring the youth of Rosewood together," he said.

Cr Pahlke plans to continue supporting Young Life and says he hopes to expand the festival next year.

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