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Free entry and entertainment at this fabulous street party
I used to live in the lovely western suburbs village of Sherwood. It's a leafy, friendly, quiet but vibrant corner of the world and community is written large in its everyday life. Its yearly celebration of that is the community-driven Sherwood Community Festival. And it's that time of year again. Sherwood Festival returns to create the area's biggest street party on Friday 11 November and you don't have to be a local to join in all the fun.
This really is one of those grassroots festivals that involves a huge number of local groups, schools and businesses. Everyone from local choirs and dance groups to church communities and bands will be providing FREE entertainment across the not one, but four, separate performance areas. These will be scattered throughout the main precinct along Sherwood Rd, which, from Oxley Road to the train line, will be closed from 5pm.
Local community groups (think Sherwood Scout Group and Girl Guides, local Rotary and Lions clubs, Chelmer Station Community Kindergarten, Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre etc.) will also be behind a range of stalls selling everything from handmade crafts and jams to plants, Christmas cakes, lucky dips, drinks, and so much more.
Wander the street and browse the variety of goods and services including jewellery, international cuisine, essential oils, artworks, clothes and gifts, some with a decidedly Christmassy twist. You're bound to find the perfect Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative, and you'll be supporting a local business or group.
The kids are well catered for with a selection of free rides, a baby animal farm, a jumping castle, face painting and games. There is also a HUGE raffle with a plethora of prizes including two or three nights' accommodation at Cute Little Blue Cottage, Ballandean, (worth $750), a $550 voucher from Flight Centre, Sherwood, Snap Fitness Sherwood membership, and much more. There will also be spot draws throughout the evening for Event Cinemas double passes for movies and Gold Class.
For something a little different you can also visit the art exhibition by Chapel Gardens Artists and Brush Stroke Friends at Sherwood Uniting Church (corner of Sherwood Rd & Thallon St), which will be up late for the festival, until 9pm.
The festival turns 21 this year, reflecting its popularity with locals and visitors and the wide community involvement of businesses and sponsors (including Brisbane City Council) means that all activities and entertainment are FREE.
When: Friday, 11 November, 2016 Where: Sherwood Road (between Oxley & Hedges Rds). The road will be closed from 5pm. Cost: Entry and all entertainment is FREE. More information: Visit the website here, where you can download the event map, the full program of entertainment and a list of stallholders, or the Facebook page here. Hot tip: Catch the train. There'll be no parking hassles and you'll alight right in the middle of all the action.
A great community is something worth celebrating and the people of Sherwood and surrounding suburbs from Chelmer to Oxley really know how to turn on a party.