Do you want to build a snowman? You might just be able to at this year’s ‘Snowflakes in Stanthorpe’. The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society to create a winter wonderland with a snow flurry of fun for all ages.
From the 1st to the 3rd of July, Queensland’s coldest city will be celebrating all things chilly with a festival held all over Stanthorpe. This event has been a success since 2013 when it was founded by 4 young women. Lucille, Maria, Sarah and Samantha, wished to promote their hometown by publicising the climatic rarity of Stanthorpes weather to draw more tourists to the area. In its first year, over 3000 people attended. Since then this event has truly gone from strength to strength.
On July 17 last year the festival took on a new life when Queenslanders marveled at the sight of snow. Yes, you hear me right. Snow, on Stanthorpe soil. Nicola Holly, Gallery Director of Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, is expecting an increase of numbers due to this snow. She said, “Last year’s snow really highlighted the Granite Belt to the rest of the state and we were able to showcase the natural beauty of the area.”
This year, the community is buzzing with anticipation. John Bylicki, President of the Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the event, ”It’s exciting, it’s amazing and we are going to have an incredible lineup of winter activities.” he said. Those old gloves are worth pulling out for the unique activities that will be happening at this years festival. There will be a Frosty Family Fun Run, an industrial snow machine, ice rink and a snowman building competition. All of these events are happening in three different locations throughout the duration of the festival. The Snowflakes Festival is a winter wonderland escape that is right at your back door. So, enough said, this festival will be worth melting for.
Words by Stephanie Mclean
Images by Ella Archibald-Binge, Stanthorpe Border Post