Grand Central has commissioned local artists to transform six fibreglass cows, which will be featured on the Grand Central Floral Parade’s lead float in September. The artists include Joy Heylen, Mary-Kate Thomson, Anna Bartlett, Katie Whyte, Jennifer Wright Summers and Kym Breeze.

Grand Central Marketing Manager Marieke Bridgeman said the artists were asked to decorate the cows through the lens of the Carnival theme The Power of the Flower. “This year is the 70th anniversary of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, so we’re taking our cue from history. In 1950 the first parade was led by a bullock team, so we are creating a contemporary version in celebration and recognition of this milestone,” Ms Bridgeman said.

The fibreglass cows will be mounted on the float, paired with a floral carriage to lead the parade, and will also be displayed in Grand Central. “People can come to Grand Central’s Centre Court and watch these talented local artists bring the cows to life from 9am-3pm Monday, August 5 to Saturday, August 10. There will also be artists working on Thursday evening from 5.30pm to 9.30pm,” Ms. Bridgeman said.

The Grand Central Floral Parade will start at 3 pm on Saturday, September 21, the only fresh floral parade of its kind in Australia.“We love seeing how the local community and visitors embrace the Grand Central Floral Parade each year. It really is a wonderful showcase of the pride and diversity of our beautiful region.”

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