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Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

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by Laura Marshall (subscribe)
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Have you always wished for a public arena to showcase your apple peeling skills? Are you an excellent packer of fruit and vegetables but never get the credit you desire? Or maybe, like most people, you prefer the eating of fruit and veg rather than the packing and peeling. Luckily, the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has something for all of the packers, peelers and just plain eaters among us.

Set over three days in the town centre of Stanthorpe, this festival, as its name suggests, has its roots in the celebration of the apple and grape harvests. However, the festival has grown over the many years it has been running and is now so much more.

Every day of the festival holds something different, from the Gala Ball on Friday night, to the pizza eating competition on Saturday and the fun run on Sunday. There is also street stalls, apple peeling and fruit packing competitions, a grape crushing championship, helicopter rides, a rodeo, an aerobatics display, a bush breakfast and a fireworks display, to name just a few of the hundreds of activities involved in this iconic festival. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Stanthorpe, in the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt, is less than three hours by car from Brisbane. Take advantage of the town's many accommodation options and stay for the whole weekend, because one day at the festival is definitely not enough; how could you possibly choose between Friday's apple peeling and Sunday's fruit packing competitions?
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Why? Put your fruit peeling skills to the test
When: 5th-7th March, 2010
Where: Stanthorpe
Cost: Free
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