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70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

70 days to grow...oops we mean GO... to the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

70 days to grow…oops we mean GO... to the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

And 800 people needed for the first ever Carnival Choir


With tomorrow, FRIDAY July 12 marking 70 days to go until the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, organisers have dropped some epic news – this year will see the first ever Carnival Choir formed, with the call now out for 800 singers to perform at Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine prior to  Australia’s own ‘voice’, the legendary John Farnham!


The inaugural Carnival Choir will perform two almighty rock anthems on Sunday September 22 at 5pm at the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine in Queens Park.


Toowoomba Region’s Cr Geoff Mc Donald said the Carnival Choir was being created to mark 70 years of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.


“We are calling out to 800 people to register now for the Carnival Choir, to be a part of what will be an enormously special moment in time. Imagine standing shoulder to shoulder and in front of thousands at the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine in Queens Park, singing in unison, warming up the crowd before John Farnham walks on stage!”


The Carnival Choir will be led by well-known Toowoomba musician, entertainer and host, Ruby Slipperz.  The Choir will perform after Brisbane brass fuelled funk festival band Cheap Fakes and before iconic Australian band Dragon. To close the opening weekend, the man himself John Farnham will perform in front of an expected capacity crowd. 


The Carnival Choir - what you need to know:

  • Registration is free; however, tickets must be purchased to attend the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine (Sunday).
  • Register here www.tcof.com.au/choir
  • There will be one practice session on Wednesday September 18.
  • Carnival Choir members will all receive a limited-edition t-shirt to wear at the performance.


Cr McDonald also announced that as part of the 70-day countdown, a 70th anniversary suite of “printables” including bunting and a poster, is now available online for Toowoomba businesses and residents to use to decorate spaces in the lead up to Carnival.


The Carnival Choir is just one standout in a record program of events for the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, a celebration which shines over 10 days as Australia’s most beautiful event.  From September 20 to 29, over 1,100 hectares of public parks and private gardens will be on display this year, with more than 180,000 bulbs and seedlings in full bloom.


The program features 77 events (up from 66 last year), including award-winning parks and private gardens, internationally acclaimed music acts and some of the best food and wine experiences in the state!  Plus, the Grand

Central Floral Parade that stops the city!


“The 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will begin on what we call Floral Friday (September 20) with the launch of the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine in Queens Park together with the opening of private gardens in The Chronicle Garden Competition, four magnificent Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens and the commencement of entertainment and tour programs across our extraordinary public parks and spaces throughout the city,” said Cr McDonald. 


“What makes Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers so special is that there is so much to experience – if you love emerging music, we have that. If you are a gardener, we have plenty! If you are a foodie, then prepare for flavour overload. If you love a low and slow BBQ with a beer to match, that’s easy! If you are here for gardening tips and tricks, then take a seat. If wine is your thing, then choose a colour! If you want to learn the history of our classic pubs, experience a Tombstone Tour, be wowed by an amazing teapot exhibition or be surrounded by hanging flower baskets, then we also have all that!”


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 20 to 29, 2019

Program detail at www.tcof.com.au or on www.facebook.com.au/CarnivalFlowers

Tour detail at https://www.tcof.com.au/touroperators/ 

Accommodation detail at https://www.tcof.com.au/accommodation/ 


For more information contact Kath Rose & Associates on 0416 291 493 or kath@kathrose.com