Stanthorpe to host National Busking Championships
THE busking gods have spoken and Stanthorpe will host the first South East Queensland regional finals of this year's Australian National Busking Championships.
The inaugural event will coincide with the first weekend of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 27.
The Australian National Busking Championships is now in its fourth year and all events were previously held at Cooma in New South Wales.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe, plenty of buskers will flock to Stanthorpe to entertain the masses and enjoy some fruit and wine while they're there.
On the day buskers will play at stations in the main street before selected finalists perform a final concert from 4pm.
The winners from this year's regional events will be invited to compete in the grand final in Cooma in November.
Stanthorpe Rotary Club president Neil O'Connor predicted success for the inaugural event and hoped it would become a regular affair.
"We would like to see this event benefit our local community and businesses in the entire region in much the same way as the club's Opera in the Vineyard has done over the past 23 years," he said.
Mr O'Connor said the new venture was already receiving phenomenal support from sponsors and busker nominations, local and from afar, were trickling in.
There are several categories for buskers to enter from open, indigenous, primary and secondary students, best band and people's choice.
Entry fees are $20 per person or $50 per group.
For nomination forms and more information visit http://www.appleandgrape.org or the Australian National Busking Championships Facebook page.