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Too much fun, too many strawberries, too little time
The EKKA may well be receiving plenty of media attention, though for residents of the beautiful Redlands, 30kms south east of Brisbane, it's the Strawberry Festival that gets us all excited.
Originating back in 1953 as a fundraiser to build the School of Arts in Capalaba, it was revived in the late 1950's in Victoria Point by local strawberry farmers who were experiencing a glut of produce. In the mid 60's, the festival relocated to the Cleveland Showgrounds because of its size and popularity.
Some 15 years ago, the Festival was rebranded as the Redland Spring Festival in line with the changing community. This most certainly does not mean that the committee has done away with the strawberries! The world famous strawberry eating competition remains a popular event as are the strawberry ice creams.
The Redland Spring Festival will be held on the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th of September, and it has so much more on offer than the EKKA. Namely the lack of crowds where it is quite likely that you can catch up with a neighbour and are not constantly terrified of losing your children. (Admit it: don't all those lost children announcements over the loud speaker at the EKKA freak you out?).
I love the entertainment on offer at RedFest and this year's lineup looks like a real winner. The Friday night kicks off at 6pm with Irish music performed by Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman, Murphy's Pigs, and Sásta.
Friday night is Irish night
There will also be a spectacular fireworks display this year on Friday night in addition to the traditional Saturday night display!
Continuing over the weekend will be performances from Troy Cassar-Daley, Justice Crew and Lecia Louise, under a marquee with Theatre style seating as well as a designated area for meals to the side. See here for the program guide. And don't forget the roving entertainment too - the clowns are always a hit with the kiddies.
The Little Ones don't miss out with animal displays, side show alley, bicycle races, and rides galore. Remember too, that as a community event there will be talent competitions, music from local bands including a Redlands Primary School, as well as exhibitions from local clubs, such as Taekwando and the Redlands Orchid Society.
If you haven't had a chance to participate in the Quandamooka Festivities yet this will be a great opportunity with the local Indigenous also sharing their time, and stories, at this event.
Lastly, if you only get one opportunity to visit RedFest may I recommend the Saturday night. Why? Because the annual lantern parade crossing the Showgrounds at night fall is just magical. Adults and children alike will be captivated by their whimsical designs.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Child (6-13) $10.00
Entry is FREE for children under the age of 6. All tickets must be purchased at the entry gate.
So, how do we get to the Redland Showgrounds, at Cleveland? The Showgrounds are situated between Smith and Long Streets, Cleveland, just past the High School.
Free street parking is available. Off street parking for a fee is available in the designated area near the Museum off Smith Street. Disabled Street Parking is limited to Long Street, near the entrance.
There are trains to Cleveland Railway Station and buses from both the Station and the city. Please refer to Translink for timetables.
Ssssssshhhhh. Small secret. I am allergic to strawberries.